Early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, with the full support of families and the community, are one of the best places to comprehensively support children’s mental health and wellbeing.




When ECEC services and health and community agencies build partnerships, supporting children’s mental health is enhanced.

To find out more about mental health in early childhood, and why ECEC services are well placed to support children’s mental health, read pages 2-4 of KidsMatter Early Childhood: An Overview.

KidsMatter Early Childhood is a national collaboration between the early childhood education and care and health sectors. It has been jointly developed by Early Childhood Australia (ECA), beyondblue and the Australian Psychological Society (APS), with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and beyondblue.

What is KidsMatter Early Childhood?

KidsMatter Early Childhood evaluation

The four components of KidsMatter Early Childhood

KidsMatter Early Childhood Implementation

BETLS – a useful tool for Health and Community professionals