KidsMatter offers a range of evidence-based information sheets for families that have been developed by mental health professionals experienced in child development.

Free and readily accessible, the information sheets cover a vast range of topics relating to children’s social and emotional development. Professionals may find resources helpful in their everyday practise, and may also like to refer them to organisations and practitioners working with children and their families. You may copy these materials freely provided acknowledgment is made to the sources.

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers

Issue: Family relationships

Family relationships
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Healthy relationships and families [2MB] C3
The building blocks of healthy family relationships [921KB] C3
Family relationships: Suggestions for families and staff [705KB] C3
Family relationships: Resources for families and staff [768KB] C3

Issue: Mental health for families

Mental health for families
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All about parents’ and carers’ mental health [685KB] C3
Supporting parents and carers to look after themselves [846KB] C3
Promoting self-care: Suggestions for families and staff [632KB] C3
Supporting mental health and wellbeing: Resources for families and staff [692KB] C3

Issue: For dads

For dads
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Dads make a difference [2MB] C3
Fathers connecting with their children [14MB] C3
Dads involved: Suggestions for families and staff [4MB] C3
Positive fathering: Resources for families and staff [3MB] C3

Issue: Risk and protective factors

Risk and protective factors
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Promoting mental health in early childhood [749KB] C4
Risk and protective factors in early childhood [962KB] C4
Mental health: Suggestions for families and staff [725KB] C4
Mental health: Resources for families and staff [727KB] C4

Issue: Belonging and connectedness

Belonging and connectedness
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Belonging and connectedness [420KB] C1
Feeling included [428KB] C1
Relationships for life [353KB] C1
Working together [261KB] C1

Issue: Supporting mental health

Supporting mental health
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Understanding mental health in early childhood [9MB] C4
Responding to children who may be experiencing mental health difficulties [5MB] C4
How mental health difficulties affect children [677KB] C4
Supporting children's mental health: Suggestions for families and staff [8MB] C4
Understanding mental health: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C4

Issue: Separation

Separation
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Being away from one another [655KB] C2
Understanding and managing separation distress [988KB] C2
Helping children to cope with separation distress [580KB] C2
Positive separations: Resources for families and staff [593KB] C2

Issue: Social and emotional learning

Social and emotional learning
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Social and emotional development [437KB] C2
Growing together in relationships [502KB] C2
It's good to be me! [528KB] C2
Getting along: Early childhood [561KB] C2
Feelings matter [374KB] C2
Getting along: Further resources [1MB C2

Issue: Play

Play
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Children learn through play [2MB] C2
Play helps children feel good about themselves [6MB] C2
Children and play: Suggestions for families and staff [2MB] C2
Children and play: Resources for staff and families [2MB] C2

Issue: Curiosity and confidence

Curiosity and confidence
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Confident children are eager learners [942KB] C2
Encouraging and praising children [4MB] C2
Motivation: Suggestions for families and staff [3MB] C2
Curiosity and confidence: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C2

Issue: Making decisions

Making decisions
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Helping young kids to choose wisely [523KB] C2
Learning to make good decisions and solve problems [653KB] C2
Decision-making skills: Suggestions for families and staff [631KB] C2
Decision-making skills: Resources for families and staff [566KB] C2

Issue: Self-regulation

Self-regulation
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Keeping a balance: Managing feelings and behaviour [3MB] C4
How self regulation difficulties affect children [6MB] C4
Keeping a balance: Suggestions for families and staff [4MB] C4
Keeping a balance: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C4

Issue: Managing emotions

Managing emotions
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Everyone feels overwhelmed at times [2MB] C2
Coping skills for managing emotions [5MB] C2
Children and emotions: How to help [2MB] C2
Helping children manage their emotions: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C2

Issue: Ups and downs

Ups and downs
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Managing life’s ups and downs [3MB] C2
Ups and downs: Learning to keep a balance [8MB] C2
Supporting children to cope with stress [4MB] C2
Ups and downs: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C2

Issue: Making friends

Making friends
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Everyone needs a friend [4MB] C2
Learning positive friendship skills [9MB] C2
Supporting children to develop friendships and empathy [3MB] C2
Friendship development: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C2

Issue: Trauma

Trauma
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Trauma: When times get tough [3MB] C4
Managing trauma and ways to recover [10MB] C4
Trauma: Suggestions for families and staff [3MB] C4
Trauma: Resources for families and staff [3MB] C4

Issue: Help for families

Help for families
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Getting help [6MB] C4
Seeking help for children’s mental health difficulties [6MB] C4
Accessing support: Suggestions for families and staff [4MB] C4
Where to go for help: Resources for families and staff [5MB] C4

Issue: Working with schools and services

Working with schools and services
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Families working together with early childhood services [822KB] C3
Working together supports mental health and wellbeing [2MB] C3
Making connections [2MB] C3
Getting information about parenting [858KB] C3
Working together: Further resources [879KB] C3

Issue: Communication with schools and services

Communication with schools and services
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
An introduction to effective communication [5MB] C3
Effective communication between families and early childhood staff [3MB] C3
Suggestions for positive communication [4MB] C3
Building effective communication: Resources for families and staff [2MB] C3

Issue: Partnerships with schools and services

Partnerships with schools and services
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
All about partnerships [5MB] C3
Building partnerships between families and early childhood staff [8MB] C3
Working together: Suggestions for families and staff [2MB] C3
Building partnerships: Resources for families and staff [935KB] C3
 

Issue: Cultural differences

Welcoming cultural diversity

Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Diversity and children's mental health [4MB]  C1
Why culture matters for children's development and wellbeing [2MB] C1
Cultural diversity: Suggestions for families and educators [715KB]  C1
Cultural diversity: Resources for families and educators [439KB] C1

Issue: Additional needs

Mental health and wellbeing for children with additional needs

Associated information sheets

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Additional needs: where to start?

Additional needs and mental health

Suggestions for families and educators

Resources for families and educators

[405KB]

[884KB]

[562KB]

[539KB]

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School children

Issue: Family relationships

Family relationships
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Happy families work together [327KB] C3
When parents separate [290KB] C3
Building better family relationships [345KB] C3
About family relationships [448KB] C3

Issue: Risk and protective factors

Risk and protective factors
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Chidlren and hardship [278KB] C3
Children and grief [313KB] C3
Children and bullying [284KB] C3
Mental health risk and protective factors [436KB] C3
Building protective factors: Suggestions for families [305KB] C3
Building protective factors: Suggestions for school staff [351KB] C3

Issue: Belonging and connectedness

Belonging and connectedness
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Belonging at school makes a difference

[337KB]

C1
Why connect at school? [355KB] C1
What makes a positive school community? [279KB] C1

Issue: Supporting mental health

Supporting mental health
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Getting in early for mental health and wellbeing [281KB] C4
Knowing when to get help [279KB] C4
How mental health difficulties affect children [426KB] C4
Recognising mental health difficulties: Suggestions for families [338KB] C4
Recognising mental health difficulties: Suggestions for school staff [318KB] C4

Issue: Additional needs

Additional needs
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Disability and children's mental health [380KB] C1
Supporting children with additional needs [301KB] C1
Disability:Suggestions for families [368KB] C1
Disability: Suggestions for school staff [361KB] C1
Additional needs: Other resources   C1

Issue: Cultural differences

Cultural differences
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Helping children connect across cultures [313KB] C1
Cultural diversity and children's wellbeing [378KB] C1
Cultural diversity: Suggestions for families [334KB] C1
Cultural diversity: Suggestions for school staff [369KB] C1
Cultural diversity: Other resources [800KB] C1

Issue: Social and emotional learning

Social and emotional learning
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What is social and emotional learning? [343KB] C2
Helping children to manage feelings  [374KB] C2
About social and emotional learning [405KB] C2
Social and emotional learning: Suggestions for families [329KB] C2
Social and emotional learning: Suggestions for school staff [310KB] C2

Issue: Supporting learning

Supporting learning
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Scaffolding children’s learning [293KB] C3
About thinking and learning [405KB] C3
Thinking and learning: Suggestions for families

[339KB]

C3
Thinking and learning: Suggestions for school staff [325KB] C3

Issue: Curiosity and confidence

Curiosity and confidence
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Supporting childrens’ confidence [326KB] C2

Issue: Making decisions

Making decisions
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Helping children to choose wisely [252KB] C2
About good decision making [355KB] C2
Decision-making skills: Suggestions for families

[284KB]

C2
Decision-making skills: Suggestions for school staff [317KB] C2

Issue: Self-regulation

Self-regulation
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Everyone gets mad [291KB] C2
About anger [453KB] C2
Talking through angry feelings [276KB] C2
Helping children cool down and stay calm [276KB] C2
Helping children manage anger: Other resources [675KB] C2

Issue: Limit setting

Limit setting
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Catch them being good [295KB] C3
Using effective discipline [237KB] C3
About effective discipline [451KB] C3
Making rules and setting limits [326KB] C3
Effective discipline in the classroom [275KB] C3
Effective discipline: Other resources [675KB] C3

Issue: Managing emotions

Managing emotions
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Making sense of children’s emotions [282KB] C3
How temperament affects feelings [309KB] C3
About emotional development [457KB] C3
Emotional development: Suggestions for families [343KB] C3
How thinking affects feelings [279KB] C3

Issue: Fears and worries

Fears and worries
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Coping with fears and worries [330KB] C2
About fears and worries [502KB] C2
Everyone gets scared [337KB] C2
Fears and helpful self-talk [308KB] C2
Fears and worries: Other resources [18KB] C2

Issue: Making friends

Making friends
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Everyone needs a friend [323KB] C2
Helping children learn positive friendship skills [410KB] C2
Friendship skills: Suggestions for families [355KB] C2
Friendship skills: Suggestions for school staff [332KB] C2

Issue: Social development

Social development
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
Good values guide good behaviour [267KB] C3
About social development [402KB] C3
Social development: Suggestions for families [364KB] C3
Social development: Suggestions for school staff [358KB] C3

Issue: Resolving conflict

Resolving conflict
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
About conflict resolution [386KB] C2
Sorting out conflict together [280KB] C2
Learning to value others [312KB] C2
Helping resolve conflict: Suggestions for families [295KB] C2
Helping resolve conflict: Suggestions for school staff [289KB] C2
Resolving conflict: Other resources [676KB] C2

Issue: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What does ADHD look like? [266KB] C4
About ADHD [424KB] C4
ADHD: Suggestions for families [351KB] C4
ADHD: Suggestions for school staff [402KB] C4
ADHD: Other resources [680KB] C4

Issue: Anxiety

Anxiety
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What does anxiety look like? [301KB] C4
About anxiety [311KB] C4
Anxiety: Suggestions for families [350KB] C4
Anxiety: Suggestions for school staff [207KB] C4

Issue: Depression

Depression
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What does depression look like? [279KB] C4
About depression [454KB] C4
Depression: Suggestions for families [418KB] C4
Depression: Suggestions for school staff [322KB] C4

Issue: Serious behaviour problems

Serious behaviour problems
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What do serious behaviour difficulties look like? [297KB] C4
About serious behaviour difficulties [378KB] C4
Serious behaviour difficulties: Suggestions for families [328KB] C4
Serious behaviour difficulties: Suggestions for school staff [318KB] C4

Issue: Autism

Autism
Associated information sheets PDF version Component
What does autism look like? [268KB] C4
About Autism Spectrum Disorders [472KB] C4
Autism: Suggestions for families [331KB] C4
Autism: Suggestions for school staff [334KB] C4