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“Emotional Intelligence is broadly defined as being able to recognise, understand and manage our emotions. It is just as important as a child’s academic ability and in fact, is a better predictor of happiness and success in life.”
— Dr. John Irvine


Learn more about how the programme enables Australian children to become more emotionally intelligent and resilient.


Read the report on the study which tracked the emotional development of over 1,000 primary children.


Meet the team of WorryWoos™ characters from the award-winning series of books and plush toys.

5,000 Sydney students are now their way to developing emotional intelligence, thanks to the support of the Lantern Club Roselands and the commitment of almost 100 excited teachers.

5,000 Sydney students are now their way to developing emotional intelligence, thanks to the support of the Lantern Club Roselands and the commitment of almost 100 excited teachers.

About the programme.

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In a world that’s so fast and furious, exciting yet exhausting, never has there been more urgency in educating our children in how to manage and connect with their emotions. That's why we've developed the The WorryWoos™ Developing Emotional Intelligence (DEI) Programme, specifically designed to build emotional intelligence and resilience in Australian children.

As teachers and educators, we all know that social and emotional intelligence is second to none in terms of health and happiness; as they say EQ > IQ in life!

Being able to recognise and embrace our emotions, as well as having parents, teachers and educators who can help navigate the rapidly changing 21st century is essential in making sure children can advance in all phases of educational growth. 

The uniqueness of this programme lies in its approach and flexibility; teachers can adapt virtually anything in the kit to suit the children’s needs and the space and time available – without the need for extensive in-service training. The programme even offers the potential to integrate many areas of the curriculum including literacy, music and the visual and performing arts, making learning inclusive, enticing and enjoyable.

Emotional well-being is the foundation for happiness and success in school and in life generally. The urgency of addressing children’s developing emotional needs is all too obvious to seasoned educators. Statistics indicate that 25.7% of children under 8 years suffer from anxiety and every educator is more than aware of the rising incidence of anger and aggression in children. What aren’t as obvious are the silent confidence sappers such as body dislike, self rejection, loneliness and social rejection.

Through 7 dedicated modules, educators can introduce and explore emotional constructs paired with a cuddly, lovable character.

“Children’s social and emotional well-being is fundamental to their happiness, academic progress and future success in life. From children who are ‘internalisers’ and plagued by anxiety and worry, through to the ‘externalisers’ whose behaviours all too often manifests in bullying and aggression, the need for educational tools to build emotional intelligence and resilience is clear.”
— Dr. John Irvine

The WorryWoos™ Developing Emotional Intelligence Programme is the only educational tool specifically designed to deal with the full gamut of both intrapersonal and interpersonal emotional development.

Using a team of fun and engaging plush toys, children are able to relate to the emotional challenges of each WorryWoos™ character.

WorryWoos™ Training Workshop

Dr John Irvine introduces the WorryWoos™ and provides a Training Workshop to support the implementation of the programme in schools and early childhood centres in an easy to view video.

Programme Outcomes

At the conclusion of this programme students should be able to perform the following:

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  • Practice personal and social skills to interact positively with others (ACPPS056, ACPPS019).

  • Identify and describe emotional responses people may experience in different situations (ACPPS020).

  • Identify and describe the emotions of people who are happy, sad, excited, tired, angry,scared or confused (ACPPS020).

  • Learn and use appropriate language and actions to communicate feelings in different situations (ACPPS020).

  • Recall and share emotional responses to different situations and represent this in a variety of ways (ACPPS020, ACPPS021).

  • Discuss connections between feelings, body reactions and body language (ACPPS056).

  • Read and view stories about adventures and talk about how characters feel and reach when taking risks.

  • Learn how to identify and manage their emotions.

A Pilot Study: The Impact of the WorryWoos™ Developing Emotional Intelligence Programme on Children’s Social and Emotional Literacy and Regulation.

Conducted in 2018, and with a sample size of over 1,000 primary students, this qualitative and quantitative study showed highly significant improvements in children’s pro-social behaviours, their overall ability to understand and manage emotional difficulties, intrapersonal skills, interpersonal skills, emotional awareness, empathy and resilience.

Children also showed significantly less difficulties reported on the conduct problems scale, hyperactivity problems scale, peer problems scale, emotional problems scale as well reduction in internalising and externalising difficulties.

Shop the WorryWoos™

A healthy environment leads to a healthy body and a healthy mind. The WorryWoos™ monsters promote emotional wellness through play, reading and discussion.

Created to build confidence, each WorryWoos™ story concludes with an uplifting message that provides the perfect opportunity for parents, educators and teachers to openly discuss topics that don't have easy answers.

Shop the entire range of WorryWoos™ including, plush toys, story books and Dr John's new range of companion books for educators and parents alike.