FAQs for potential international partners

Are Partnership for Children’s programmes available in my country?

Check our map of overseas partners to see whether the programmes are already running where you are.


If there’s no local partner organisation, can I buy the programmes for my school?

We don’t provide our programmes to individual schools overseas. We sign a licence agreement with a partner agency, which then manages the programme in that region or country.


Can my agency be a partner organisation?

Have a look at our Criteria for Partner Organisations to see if your agency would be a suitable partner.


What’s involved in being a partner organisation?

See our guidelines Setting up our Programmes to see what’s involved.


How much will a licence cost?

This varies according to a number of factors. Contact us for a quotation.


How can I convince schools to adopt the programmes?

Our programmes have now reached over 1.6 million children around the world, and there’s a lot of evidence to show that they’re effective. And multiple studies of SEL programmes have shown that improving children’s SEL also boosts academic achievement.


Is it better to run Zippy’s Friends in kindergarten or primary school?

Partners need to decide where the programmes run best, based on local culture and settings. Zippy’s Friends is designed for children aged 6 – 7 years old. In some countries, these children are in the top year of kindergarten; in others, they’re at primary school. However, some partners run Zippy's Friends successfully with 5 – 6 year-olds; others find it runs best with 7 – 8 year-olds. 


How many children are there in a typical class?

In many countries, both Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends are run effectively in classes of 25 – 30 children, delivered by one adult. If classes are too small (under ten children) they may not generate enough ideas to make the most of the programmes. If classes are too large, it may be difficult for children to participate in the activities, and some may feel left out.


Can I use the programmes with individual children, one-to-one?

Our programmes are designed for whole class use, so that children generate lots of different strategies, and less able children can hear the ideas of others. However, the programmes can be reinforced later with individual children using our Inclusion Supplement.


I work with children with special educational needs – are your programmes suitable for them?

The Inclusion Supplement is designed for use with children with mild special needs in mainstream schools. The Special Needs Supplement contains a wide variety of adapted activities and is suitable for children in special schools with more profound needs.


I see that Zippy’s Friends deals with the topic of death, which is taboo in our culture. Can we skip that module?

In most cultures around the world, adults are reluctant to discuss death with children. However, Zippy’s Friends has been run with over 2 million children in a wide variety of cultures, and teachers have been pleasantly surprised at how popular and successful this part of the programme is. It does not hurt children to talk about death, and many of them welcome the chance to discuss a topic that parents may feel unable to tackle themselves. See more information about talking to children about death.


Can children do Apple’s Friends without doing Zippy’s Friends first?

Yes they can. Apple’s Friends reinforces the learning of Zippy’s Friends, but can also be run as a stand-alone programme.


Do you have programmes for younger or older children?

These are under development and should be available in the next few years.


Do you provide opportunities to meet partners in other countries?

Yes. Every three or four years, Partnership for Children hosts an international workshop to which all Coordinators from partner organisations are invited. These are very fruitful and joyful occasions where partners share experience and best practice, meet old friends and make new ones.