The KidsMatter Early Childhood Framework offers a comprehensive, systematic approach to:

  • strengthen the protective factors that early childhood education and care services can effectively influence
  • reduce the impact of risk factors.

Selected protective factors have been grouped into four KidsMatter Early Childhood Components within the Framework. The Framework:

  • considers all aspects of care and education including relationships, the environment, policies, practises, events and children's development and learning 
  • involves all members of the early education and care community including children, educators, directors, families and external community services 

Kidsmatter Early Childhood: An Overview(pdf) offers a more in-depth discussion of the initiative's background, Framework and implementation. The Overview (rtf) is also available for download in Word format.