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.

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 […]

Seven essentials for supporting families with home matters

By learning about and incorporating elements of home into children’s daily experiences educators assist the growth of a child’s sense of identity, belonging, and connectedness. Knowing about a child’s world beyond the early childhood setting has another benefit; educators can support children and families when aspects of life change or become challenging. Life is great […]

Get ready, get set … Yarn Up

Conversations about family, kinship, culture and country help protect mental health and wellbeing. Yarning is a way of capturing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ story and description of how they see and experience something. We have seen yarning benefit many individuals, groups and communities in a variety of contexts across Australia. Here are some yarning […]

When was the last time you looked at your Statement of philosophy?

Your Statement of Philosophy is something that can display every way educators, families, children and community contribute to your service. It acknowledges your strengths and highlights the true ‘personality’ of your service. Your Statement of Philosophy is a reflection of what your service is, what it looks like and what it strives to become …It’s […]

School adjustment critical to long-term wellbeing

Starting primary school is an important, but potentially stressful, time in a child’s development. Kay Margetts, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, talks about children’s social, emotional and behavioural adjustment to school and the importance of early preparation by families for the best outcomes. How strong is the […]

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