Teens and Toddlers Wellbeing is a new version of the Teens and Toddlers programme which sees young people improve their wellbeing whilst mentoring children in a nursery setting.

Teens and Toddlers Wellbeing is an educational programme designed to help young people succeed at school. 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. This group 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

There is a solid educational pedagogy behind the programme and a strong body of academic research supporting its key elements. Addressing the drivers of low self-esteem and low academic attainment, which are key indicators for mental health and wellbeing, we consistently achieve excellent results with young people thanks to the high degree of fidelity provided by our programmes.

 "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