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KidsMatter is a national early childhood mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention initiative specifically developed for early childhood services. It involves the people who have a significant influence on young children's lives - parents, families, caregivers, child care professionals, teachers, and community agencies - in making a positive difference for young children's mental health during this important developmental period.

KidsMatter uses a risk and protective framework to focus on four components where early childhood services can strengthen the protective factors for children's mental health and minimise the risk factors. These four areas make up the core content of KidsMatter:

  1. creating a sense of community
  2. developing children's social and emotional skills
  3. working with parents and carers
  4. helping children who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

In 2013, KidsMatter appointed a team to develop and produce a toolkit to strengthen the implementation and engagement of KidsMatter primary schools with significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments. Development of the toolkit involved consultation with key stakeholders and that informed the contents of the toolkit.


Ph: 1800 543 767

Related publications

Smith S, O'Grady L, Cubillo C, Cavanagh S (2017)

Using culturally appropriate approaches to the development of KidsMatter resources to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children.

Australian Psychologist; 52(4): 299-305


Last updated: 2 August 2017
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