Since January 2018, KidsMatter, MindMatters, Response Ability and School Support have been led by Beyond Blue, and delivered by Early Childhood Australia and headspace with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
We are excited to announce that KidsMatter will soon be replaced by the new National Education Initiative (NEI), which aims to build on educators’ skills to support children and young people so they can achieve their best possible mental health.
Launching this November, the NEI is a single, integrated approach to support children and young people from birth to 18 years, and strives to build on KidsMatter, MindMatters, Response Ability and School Support to create one framework of professional learning and evidence-based information for educators and learning communities.
An evidence-based, online professional learning package for educators
The professional learning package will be fully funded, accessible to all educators and learning communities across the country, and will include professional learning that participants can begin wherever it suits them best.
A wide range of tools, guides and resources will be available to support implementation and help early learning services and schools turn their learning into action.
Over 70 trained, dedicated Consultants will play an integral role by supporting early learning services and schools through their NEI journey. The Consultant will help services and schools to design and implement a mentally healthy learning community action plan that’s aligned with existing planning processes and supports continuous improvement.
The professional learning consists of 13 content modules grouped under five domain areas, with content centred on creating and supporting mentally healthy communities:
- Mentally Healthy Communities;
- Family Partnerships;
- Early Support; and
- Responding Together.