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Growth and Development

Your child starts learning from the moment they are born. Between birth and 3 years they will develop faster than at any other time in their lives.

You can help them to grow and develop by, talking and singing to them, giving them a kiss or a cuddle and by smiling when you look at them. Reading to your child from the time they are born is also a great way to spend time together, and helps them to become familiar with sounds, words, and language.

Developmental milestones

Developmental milestones are a list of skills that most children can do at certain ages. It is important to keep track of your child’s development to make sure they develop all the skills they will need as they get older.

You can track your child’s development using the My Personal Health Record (known as the Blue Book). This book can be used to record your child’s development, illnesses, immunisations and growth.

Use the links on the side bar for more information on child growth and development.

If you have concerns about your child’s development please seek advice from a child and family health nurse at your local Child and Family Health Centre, or visit your local doctor.

Growth and Development

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