KidsMatter

Kidsatter 

 

KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. It provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids. KidsMatter Primary was developed in collaboration with beyondblue, the Australian Psychological Society, and the Principals Australia Institute, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and beyondblue


 

Social development
Through their daily contact with parents, carers, family members, school staff, as well as with their peers, children learn about the social world and about the rules, practices and values that support it. By actively participating in these relationships, children also affect the ways that adults and their peers relate to them.


Building resilience

The Victorian Department of Education Training explains that resilience is the ability to cope and thrive in the face of negative events, challenges and adversity. You can play an important role in enhancing your child's resilience.

 

Life's ups and downs

The Victorian Department of Education and Training has suggestions that parents and carers can do to help their children to become more resilient and to navigate through the ups and downs of daily life.


KidsMatter introductory video

Childhood is a crucial time for growing healthy minds. All children need care and support to develop and learn. Some children need additional help to reach their potential. Watch the introductory YouTube clip to find out more about KidsMatter.



 

Information sheets

Literature Summaries


Safe schools

The Department of Education and Training has suggestions that parents and carers can do to help your child to become more resilient and navigate through the ups and downs of daily life.


Westgarth Primary School are also joining the Safe School Coalition so we can help to foster a safe environment that is supportive and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer students.  Creating this environment is key to tackling bullying, discrimination and harassment at school, particularly arising from homophobia and transphobia.  Safe and inclusive schools benefit all students and are critical to students achieving their full potential. Students who don’t feel safe or included at school cannot learn effectively. Safe schools does not have a curriculum and the students will not be taught any specific skills or knowledge under this umbrella program.  It is about creating an environment of acceptance of diversity and a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students.  For further information about safe schools see the DET website www.education.vic.gov.au/safeschools.