On Friday 15th March 2019 our Teens and Toddlers programme was featured on BBC1 during Comic Relief's Red Nose Day. You can watch the short film by clicking the play button above.


The group of young people featured were taking part in an adapted version of the Teens and Toddlers programme, entitled Teens and Toddlers Wellbeing. This programme is designed to help young people succeed at school and involved them improving their wellbeing whilst mentoring children in a nursery setting. Through understanding their strengths and building awareness and resilience, the programme empowers young people to then access the right support to ensure their positive wellbeing.

Up to 18 sessions are delivered on one morning or afternoon per week. We target young people whose behaviour shows early signs of risky behaviour (e.g. quiet, anxious, disruptive or aggressive) which can be indicators of underlying mental health issues. These students are often not achieving their academic potential at a crucial stage of their lives. Young people on our programme will:

  • Act as a mentor and a role model to a child in a nursery, which builds self-esteem and encourages self-responsibility
  • Have the opportunity to gain a national qualification in Interpersonal Skills; this can be the first qualification some students will achieve
  • Engage in group work learning which includes coaching to boost their confidence and aspirations
  • Understand the consequences of risky behaviour and the value of making healthy choices to get more of what they want in their lives


Teens and Toddlers Wellbeing is now available to all secondary schools who would like their students to learn about the importance of mental health and wellbeing whilst benefiting from the Teens and Toddlers experience. Teens and Toddlers is an established programme with a strong body of academic research supporting its key elements. Over 24,000 young people and children have experienced the programme since 2001. You can read more about the regular version of the Teens and Toddlers programme here.

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 "I think it’s important to give kids something to look up to. If I’m doing something wrong they’re going to copy, which I don’t want to do...I look forward to it and actually have fun with it instead of feeling like I’ll get taken the mick out of...I think I’ve changed quite a lot; I’ve got responsibilities and I’ve got to look after the kids’ safety. I feel like they respect me."  Mark, 13, Teens and Toddlers Graduate