The ability to make and maintain friends is an important part of a child's daily life and future success as an adult.

Knowing how to make and maintain friendships, resolve conflict, make decisions and solve problems helps children to get along in the world.

Children are not born with these abilities.

Friendship skills develop over time with regular support, guidance and practice and contribute to a child's mental health and wellbeing.

These resources explain how young children find, make and maintain friendships:

Everyone needs a friend

Friendships: Learning positive friendship skills

Friendships: Supporting children to develop friendships

Friendships: Resources for families and staff