Apple's Friends - Building on Zippy's Friends
Zippy’s Friends is one of the world’s most successful mental health promotion programmes for young children. It is running in schools and kindergartens in 30 countries and has helped more than one million children.
Extensive evaluation has shown that children who complete the programme show a significant improvement in their coping and social skills. The programme has been recognised by the World Health Organisation and endorsed by a number of governments, and it continues to expand worldwide.
Apple’s Friends builds on that success and reinforces the skills which children learn in Zippy’s Friends. The two programmes take a similar approach, and the stories in both feature many of the same characters.
However, children do not need to do Zippy’s Friends before doing Apple’s Friends – it is an independent programme.