Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Partnerships with professionals, Assessment for learning and development, Assessment for learning and development.
Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
KidsMatter offers online learning modules within the areas as follows:
- creating a sense of community
- developing children's social and emotional skills
- working with parents and carers
- helping children who experience mental health difficulties.
The modules include videos, group discussions and activities, opportunities for personal reflection, and further resources.
Target population: educators working with children enrolled in kindergarten.
Program/practice descriptions and details: Kidsmatter online training provides a model for implementing whole of setting approaches to mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention. Training modules are supported with a leadership guide, workbook, resource list and implementation tool. A Kidsmatter consultant is available to provide support.
Training requirements: this program is delivered online with support from a Kidsmatter consultant.
Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
Factors to consider: these modules can be used as a starting point to think about children's mental health and also provide many opportunities for teams wanting to reflect more deeply about their practices, policies and assumptions.
Tools and systems: staff will require access to a working internet connection to access this resource.