PALS Social Skills Programme (Play and Learning to Socialise)

Next training session: TBC


Course details

The PALS Social Skills Programme was designed by psychologists and early years educational professionals for children from 3-6 years of age in Australia.

Where: TBC

Cost: £90 (Plus additional additional cost of £250 for all materials to deliver the programme in schools)

Who is the course for? Early years practitioners, reception and year 1 teachers, teach assistant, childminders, key workers and SENCOs


How does it work?

The PALS intervention is led by the member of staff.  The programme focuses on the development of social skills by teaching children constructive ways to solve problems in social situations using stories (acted out by puppets), DVD clips, the use of role play activities and songs.  Skills can be further developed at school by other staff members and at home with the child’s parents/carers.

 The programme consists of 10 sessions each focusing on a particular social skill:

  • Greeting Others
  • Taking Turns (Talking and Listening)
  • Taking Turns at Play
  • Sharing
  • Asking for Help
  • Identifying Feelings
  • Empathy
  • Overcoming Fear and Anxiety
  • Managing Frustration
  • Calming Down and Speaking Up

 The programme builds from more basic social skills to more complex skills.

 How does it run?

  • One member of staff trained to use the PALS Programme will deliver 10 x 20 - 30 minute sessions to a group of 4-6 children.
  • Each week, both staff members and parents/carers receive an ‘Information Sheet’ about the skill the children are focusing on that week. The aim of which is for social skills to be further reinforced and to be generalised to other contexts.

Attendees will receive a PALS bag which contains all the materials you will need to run the programme in your school/setting. This includes: a resource book (containing all information needed for each session for the staff member and parents), puppets, a DVD, an audio CD and a poster.


Course outcomes

  • Understand the psychology behind running groups
  • Identify children who would benefit from the PALS programme
  • Be able to deliver the PALS programme in your setting
  • Proactively involve parents and school staff in supporting children's social skills

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