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Milestones: Children 0-4 years

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Babies and young children develop quickly in the first few years of life. All children are different and some will do things faster or slower than others. The stages that children achieve can be called milestones.

If you think your child is 'out of step' for their age, check with a Child and Family Health nurse or your doctor.

It is important that children get help early if they need it.

To find out more about children's development

Have a look at the Parent Easy Guide about milestones developed by Parenting SA (South Australia) Parenting SA - is a partnership between the Department for Education and Child Development and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network South Australia.

  • Milestones: children 0 to 4 years.
  • Parenting SA has also developed many more Parent Easy Guides eg. 'About Babies', 'Learning to Talk', 'Living with Babies', 'Living with Toddlers', 'Right from the Start', 'Tantrums', 'Time in - guiding children's behaviour' and 'Toilet Training'; and parent support groups in your local area

Raising Children Network For information on child development and raising children

Seeking help

If you are worried that your child seems 'out of step' with others of the same age, talk with your doctor or Child and Family Health nurse. This can help to assure you that all is well, or to get help for your child if they need it.

Resources in South Australia

Child and Family Health Centres:
Phone 1300 733 606 9am–4.30pm Mon–Fri
For an appointment with a Child and Family Health nurse at your local Centre

Parent Helpline:
Phone 1300 364 100
For advice on child health and parenting

South Australian parents are given a Child Health Record (the ‘Blue Book’  when their baby is born. It is a place to record baby’s health, growth, immunisation and development and has information about milestones at various ages. Take it with you to CaFHS and other health appointments. Keep your Blue Book safe - it is an important record. Your child might like to see it when they are older.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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