KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools.
Holy Family uses the KidsMatter framework to assist with nurturing happy, balanced children.
Through KidsMatter we plan and take action to be a positive community; one that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion, and that promotes:
- social and emotional learning (including evidence-based social and emotional learning programs)
- working authentically with parents, carers and families
- support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
The KidsMatter framework incorporates the concept of bucket filling and bucket dipping. Bucket filling is to use actions and words to make someone feel good about themselves, to enhance resilience and inspire them to achieve internal happiness.
Bucket filling is a simple but powerful concept: it shows that you care about someone. Saying or doing something kind. Giving someone a heartfelt smile. Using names with respect. Helping without being asked. Giving sincere compliments. Showing respect to others. There are hundreds of wonderful ways to fill buckets.