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Kids Matter

Kids Matter

The KidsMatter site has four main sections, with content and resources aimed at specific, identified audience groups. These are:

  • Primary Schools: teachers, principals, school staff
  • Early Childhood: staff and early childhood service directors
  • Families: parents and carers of children
  • Health and Community: professionals working in the areas that touch on children's mental health

There is a wealth of material in the site.

KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.

KidsMatter Primary provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids. KidsMatter Primary is a flexible, whole-school approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing for primary schools. It can be tailored to schools' local needs.

KidsMatter: Early Childhood - Growing healthy minds

KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing initiative for children. KidsMatter Early Childhood works with early childhood education and care services to support the mental health and wellbeing of young children, their families and early childhood educators using a promotion, prevention and early intervention framework. Experiences in the early years affect long-term mental health, relationships and learning. This knowledge forms the foundation of our work with educators.

KidsMatter: Families Is unique because it brings together all the most important people in a child’s life - especially families! Research clearly shows that children who are mentally healthy are better able to meet life’s challenges. They are also better learners and have stronger relationships.

Good mental health in childhood lays the foundations for the future, and it is never too early for families to start supporting the mental health of children.

KidsMatter:  Health and Community seeks to build partnerships within the health and community sector to further support schools and ECEC services in the initiative, and maximise positive outcomes for children’s mental health.

This website offers health and community professionals access to a wide range of free resources, including information sheets written specifically for families. These resources may benefit those working with parents, families, schools and ECEC services to optimise children’s mental health and development.