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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:
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 will involve consultation with key stakeholders and will inform the contents of the toolkit. It is expected that the new materials will be available to schools in late 2014.