ANT’ Artica The Characters:

Our Children Stories are based on a family group of three children. Jack age 10, Sophie age 8 and Lily age 6. The children have a dog called Alfie.

Following the launch of our first book in December, the feedback is now coming in from people working with young children in the Care System, and from Special Needs Teachers in Primary Schools.

We won’t bore you with a stream of praise, but here is a typical comment we receive about helping children in care, and we are keen to connect with Children’s Rights Officers and Participation Groups set up for Looked After Children, to send them the relevant Healing-Heart stories to interact with their groups.



Always has messy hair, a bit of a live wire, and often has a scooter or a football under his arm. Sometimes in a baseball cap.

Eight- to ten-year-old children are learning how to relate to peers, adjust to social rules, and evolve from free play to more elaborately structured interactions and expectations. For example, your child may describe elaborate recess games, where he can travel through time, see into the future, or tame magical creatures. He may talk about the various roles he plays, and how the group decides who plays what part as the adventure unfolds.



Eight-year-olds enjoy having the opportunity to solve problems independently. They are able to concentrate on tasks for longer periods of time and begin to use their own resources prior to seeking adult help or they may seek out peers for assistance. Eight-year-olds demonstrate more highly-developed thinking skills as well as the ability to solve problems with creative strategies.



Children aged 6 to 8 years’ experience many Emotional and Social Changes, becoming more independent from parents and family, thinking about the future and understanding more about his or her place in the world.

Children in this age group show rapid development of mental skills, learn better ways to describe experiences and talk about thoughts and feelings and start to focus less on themselves developing the beginnings of concern for others.