The Fun FRIENDS Program helps guide the social and emotional development of children aged 4 to 7 by using fun, play-based group activities. Fun Friends teaches skills that will nurture a child’s development during these crucial early years, giving them the ability to excel and smoothly transition into school life.
Skills that are taught in Fun Friends include:
– Self regulation skills – learning the difference between appropriate and inappropriate responses to our feelings and how we can choose more appropriate responses
– Positive thinking – learning how our thoughts can have a negative influence on our experiences and how we can change our thinking into more helpful thoughts
– Problem solving – learning how to break seemingly big problems into small steps to encourage us as we face different challenges
– Social skills – learning how to interact appropriately with our peers and adults and building confidence in social settings
– Relaxation & mindfulness – learning how to calm down our bodies and minds so we are able to think more clearly and feel more energised
– Role models & support people – learning who we can turn to for help when we need it
– Coping skills – every skill taught throughout the program is used in different scenarios to show children how we can apply the skills to help us cope with life’s difficult situations
Term Two Program every Sunday for 5 weeks starting Sunday 21st May to Sunday 18th of June
Time: 9am – 11am
July Holiday Program Monday 3rd – Friday 7th
After undertaking Fun FRIENDS parents and teachers notice the following changes in a child:
The secret to the Fun FRIENDS Program is the group activities that help children to learn new skills. There are a number of different play-based activities that help teach the following skills to participants in a way that can be easily grasped, understood and used in everyday life.
The structure of the Fun FRIENDS Program is a 5 session course, with each session taking 2 hours. To help participants remember the FRIENDS concepts, and to being structure to the sessions we use the following FRIENDS acronym.