There are a variety of ways to undertake the professional learning.

There are 16 topics in total and each are based on one of the components in the KidsMatter Early Childhood Framework.

The professional learning and framework are underpinned by our guiding principles and a strong evidence base.

How to approach your learning

A popular characteristic of KidsMatter Early Childhood professional learning is its flexibility.

You can undertake the professional learning in many ways.

This means finding the way that perfectly suits your place is not impossible!

However sometimes too much choice can be confusing.

When making the decision about how to tackle the professional learning at your place the KidsMatter Ways symbols might serve as a guide. They represent 7 core principles to support learning and growing healthy minds.

To assist decision making we've come up with a 5 starting options for you. 

Do one … combine a few … or find more!

Here they are!

 

Just remember ...

  • The right way is the way that works at your place ... No one way is better than another
  • You can start  and swap between different approaches
  • You can mix and match the approaches

Making your choice

  1. Check out the professional learning topics to consider the Linear 16 topics and Choose your own topics approaches
  2. Educators wanting to intergrate KidsMatter Early Childhood and KidsMatter Primary use this resource
  3. There is always a way with the KidsMatter Ways. These professional resources support you to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing at your place too.
  4. More information and events about the 8 in 1 year approach are coming soon. In the meantime to find out more ... check out the Essentials Webinar. Or, get support in making KidsMatter happen at your place by contacting us today!

Creating a sense of community

Here is the first video for the component focusing on ways we can create a community that supports and promotes positive mental health

What is Mental Health?

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Topics in this component:

Other resources

KidsMatter Ways

Links to NQF

Developing children's social and emotional skills

Here is the first video for the component focusing on developing children's social and emotional skills.

Social and emotional learning and mental health.

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    This video looks at the social and emotional skills that develop in early childhood and how these skills relate to the mental health and wellbeing of children.

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Topics in this component:

  • Social and emotional learning in early childhood

  • Relationships that promote children's social and emotional learning

  • Curriculum decisions and social and emotional learning

  • A community of learners

  • Find resources here!

Other resources

KidsMatter Ways

Links to NQF

 

Working with parents and families

These KidsMatter Professional Learning topics focus on how early childhood educators can work in partnership with parents and carers in ways that support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

The first video in the professional learning for this component is:

What is a Partnership?

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Topics in this component:

  • A Culture of Partnership

  • Support for Parenting

  • Communication

  • Connecting Families Together

  • Find resources here!

Other resources

KidsMatter Ways

Links to NQF

Helping children experiencing mental health difficulties

Some children are at greater risk of developing mental health difficulties and early identification and intervention is important. It can help prevent problems from becoming worse and improve mental health outcomes for children.

These KidsMatter Professional Learning topics focus on how early childhood educators can recognise and respond when children experience mental health difficulties.

The first video for this component is:

Mental Health in Early Childhood

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Topics in this component:

  • Helping children who are experiencing mental health difficulties

  • Using observation to inform practice

  • Discussing concerns with families

  • Responding to children experiencing mental health difficulties

  • Find resources here!

Other resources

KidsMatter Ways

Links to NQF