This Framework: 

  • offers a comprehensive, systematic approach that groups identified protective factors for mental health into four KidsMatter Early Childhood Components
  • provides ideas for strengthening the protective factors that early childhood education and care services can influence to reduce the impact of risk factors.
  • considers how relationships, the environment, policies, practices, events and children's development and learning influence wellbeing 
  • involves all members of the early education and care community including children, educators, directors, families and external community services 

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