Category Archives: KidsMatter

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.

Play is vital for children’s mental health and wellbeing

Play helps children to develop healthy bodies, minds, social and emotional capacities, thinking and learning abilities. Play is essential for children. Play can be pretending, learning a new skill, dressing up, being active, or being quiet. Children should make the rules for play, except when it comes to rules for safety. Children’s social and emotional skills […]

Building connections and resolving conflict by getting to know the neighbours

Neighbours―everyone needs good ones―or so we’re told. Learn more about one service’s experiences when relationships weren’t ideal and how they made them better. Early childhood education and care services are often very aware of what is in their local community. Surrounding parks, shops, fire and police stations and other places of interest are often utilised […]

Our Reconciliation Journey

One of the underlying principles of the Early Years Learning Framework is respect for diversity and “for Australia, it also includes promoting greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing” and wellbeing (EYLF, 2010, p.13). At Wagner Road Early Childhood Centre and Kindergarten, we have been travelling on our reconciliation journey for […]

The road to understanding

Early childhood educators work tirelessly to ensure they are compliant with regulations and standards that are currently in place to support the delivery of high quality early childhood education and care. In the pursuit of meeting―or indeed exceeding―these requirements; it is easy to become entangled in documentation and miss the bigger picture. In early childhood […]

Design community together

Begin with the end in mind Creating a great place requires developing an idea of what your service will be like. This creative, collaborative process works best when it includes everyone in your community―children, educators, families, and often others such as health and community professionals. To hear everyone’s dreams and ideas takes time and investment […]

One day of little transitions

Little transitions, moving from one setting to another or one activity to another, constantly happen during a child’s life and they offer many learning opportunities. Transitions are opportunities for educators to: Engage and build relationships with children Nurture the development children’s social and emotional skills Communicate to children that they are in a safe, secure […]

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