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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 52
Early childhood mental health has been described as the "capacity of a young child -- within the context of their development, family, environment and culture -- to: • participate in the physical and social environment; • form healthy and secure relationships; • experience, regulate, understand and express emotions; • understand and regulate their behaviour; • interact appropriately with others, including peers; and • develop a secure sense of self" (HIMHCS & HISC, 2012:13). This definition reflects the significance of healthy social and emotional learning and development in the early years. As ECEC services see many children for extended periods of time, they are well placed to support children's social and emotional development. Meeting children - for who they are and where they come from Children come from a range of contexts and they all develop at different rates and stages. KidsMatter asks ECEC services to reflect on the children who are a part of their communities. Do they know them well? Knowing children well is the basis of supporting children's social and emotional development. When we know who children are, what they're like, where they come from, and what their family is like, we are more equipped to relate to them in a way that suits their style of social and emotional learning. 18 Early childhood is our best opportunity to build mental health and provide children with the social and emotional foundations to grow into capable and happy adults. KidsMatter Early Childhood is partnering with Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services around the country to achieve better mental health and wellbeing for children, through promotion, prevention, and early intervention. By providing these services with Professional Learning sessions and resources, KidsMatter targets social and emotional learning and development, which is so crucial for children's current and future mental health. By focusing on these aspects, the KidsMatter Framework also supports the achievement of the Early Years Learning Framework's Learning Outcomes. Author: Dr. Vidanka Vasilevski Project Officer KidsMatter Early Childhood Australian Psychological Society SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING: A foundation for early childhood mental health
Reflections Magazine Issue 51
Reflections Magazine Issue 53 Summer 2013