KidsMatter is an Australian mental health and wellbeing initiative set in primary schools and in early childhood education and care services – like preschools, kindergartens and day care centres.
It’s not a program, but a framework that helps these places take care of all their mental health needs by focusing on:
- creating positive school and early childhood communities
- teaching children skills for good social and emotional development
- working together with families
- recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems.
KidsMatter is funded by the Australian Government and beyondblue, and is a partnership between education and health sectors. It was developed by experts - mental health professionals and education and childcare staff - in response to the high rates of school-age children with mental health difficulties and the problems they face getting help.
KidsMatter is the first of its kind in Australia, and has the mental health of children top of mind.