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Acknowledgement
The Child and Family Health Service acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of Country throughout South Australia. We acknowledge and respect their ongoing and deep spiritual connection and relationship to land, air, sea, waters, community and country. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Health and Development Checks

The first five years are very important for lifetime development as this is when the brain and body grows rapidly, regular health and development checks are recommended for all babies and young children.

While children between birth and 5 years can be seen at any time if you have concerns or questions, CaFHS also offers key health and development checks at the following ages:

  • 1 - 4 weeks
  • 8 weeks
  • 6 - 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 to 24 months
  • 3 years
  • 4-5 years

Some of these checks may be done by your family GP or paediatrician.

Children can also be seen at any age when parents have concerns, questions or issues. To make an appointment with CaFHS nurse, call 1300 733 606.

1-4 week health and development check

More information

The 1-4 week health and development check is offered by CaFHS either in your home or in one of our clinics, shortly after you leave hospital. If you have not heard from CaFHS by the time your baby is 4 weeks old, please call 1300 733 606 to make an appointment.

What it involves:

  • Weighing your baby
  • Measuring your baby’s head circumference
  • Measuring the length of your baby
  • Complete physical check of your baby

We will focus on:

  • How your baby is feeding (breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding)
  • Sleep and settling support
  • Safe sleeping for your baby
  • How to keep your baby safe
  • Immunisations
  • You and your family’s emotional health, along with your baby’s wellbeing

We’ll talk about:

  • Parenting support
  • Community supports such as Parent Helpline, Early Parenting Groups, playgroups
  • Importance of play and development, including tummy time and reading to your baby

8 week health and development check

More information

CaFHS provides an 8-week health and development check, which is a good opportunity to also check in with how you are managing as a parent in the first couple of months.

What it involves:

  • Weighing your baby
  • Measuring your baby’s head circumference
  • Measuring the length of your baby
  • Complete physical check of your baby

We will focus on:

  • How your baby is feeding (breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding)
  • Sleep and settling support
  • Safe sleeping for your baby
  • How to keep your baby safe
  • Immunisations
  • You and your family’s emotional health, along with your baby’s wellbeing

We’ll talk about:

  • Parenting support
  • Community supports such as Parent Helpline, Early Parenting Groups, playgroups
  • Importance of play and development, including tummy time and reading to your baby

6-9 month health and development check

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At your baby's 6-9 month health and development check we will complete:

  • A physical check of your baby
  • A development assessment that looks at your baby’s milestones

We will focus on:

  • How your baby is feeding (breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding)
  • Starting solids – when and how
  • Sleep and settling support
  • Safe sleeping for your baby
  • How to keep your baby safe
  • Immunisations
  • You and your family’s emotional health, along with your baby’s wellbeing

We’ll talk about:

  • Parenting support
  • Community supports such as Parent Helpline, Early Parenting Groups, playgroups
  • Importance of play and development, including rolling, safe play environments, and the importance of talking, singing and reading to your baby
  • Healthy teeth

12-month health and development check

More information

At 12 months of age, we recommend that your child visit CaFHS for a key health and development check.

What it involves:

  • Weighing and measuring your toddler
  • Complete physical check of your toddler
  • A development assessment that looks at your toddlers milestones

We will focus on:

  • Eating family foods
  • Drinking from a cup
  • Sleep and settling support
  • How to keep your toddler safe
  • Immunisations
  • You and your family’s emotional health, along with your toddler’s wellbeing

We’ll talk about:

  • Parenting support
  • Community supports such as Parent Helpline, playgroups
  • Importance of play and development, including learning to talk and toddler play
  • Healthy teeth
  • Toddler behaviour
  • Toilet training

18-24 month health and development check

More information

Between 18 and 24 months, we recommend that your child visit CaFHS for a key health and development check.

What it involves:

  • Weighing and measuring your toddler
  • Complete physical check of your toddler
  • A development assessment that looks at your toddlers milestones

We will focus on:

  • Eating family foods
  • Drinking from a cup
  • Sleep and settling support
  • How to keep your toddler safe
  • Immunisations
  • You and your family’s emotional health, along with your toddler’s wellbeing

We’ll talk about:

  • Parenting support
  • Community supports such as Parent Helpline, playgroups
  • Importance of play and development, including learning to talk and toddler play
  • Healthy teeth
  • Toddler behaviour
  • Toilet training

3-year health and development check

More information

At 3 years, it is recommended that your child visits CaFHS for a health and development check.

What it involves:

  • Weighing and measuring your child
  • Complete physical check of your child
  • A developmental assessment that looks at your child’s milestones

We focus on:

  • Eating healthy family foods
  • How to keep your child safe
  • Immunisations
  • You and your family’s emotional health, along with your child’s wellbeing

We’ll talk about:

  • Parenting support
  • Community supports such as Parent Helpline, playgroups
  • Bedtime routines
  • Importance of play and development including safe ways to explore the world around them
  • Dental health
  • Getting ready for kindy

4-5 year old health and development check

More information

Health and development checks are offered to all 4-5 year old’s at your local CaFHS clinic and at some preschools/kindergartens. Please contact CaFHS or your preschool/kindergarten to find out more.

What it involves:

  • Weighing and measuring your preschooler
  • A development assessment that looks at your child’s milestones
  • Vision and hearing check

We will focus on:

  • Eating healthy family foods
  • Keeping your child safe
  • Immunisations
  • You and your family’s emotional health, along with your child’s wellbeing

We’ll talk about:

  • Community supports such as Parent Helpline, playgroups, preschool/kindergarten
  • Bedtime routines
  • Importance of play and development
  • Dental health
  • Getting ready for school

Ages and Stages

Ages and Stages Questionnaires

As a parent or caregiver, you play a crucial role in nurturing your child's development. Understanding the importance of child development is key to providing the best care and support.

Birth to 5 years is a period of rapid growth and learning. Early experiences shape a child's cognitive, social, and emotional development. As caregivers, you are the architects of this foundation, influencing their lifelong wellbeing. Recognising developmental milestones ensures you can provide the appropriate stimulation and guidance tailored to your child's needs.

When your child attends a health check at CaFHS, we use a special tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). To make sure we understand how your child is growing and learning, we ask caregivers to fill in the questionnaire before your appointment. This helps you share what you notice about your child and how they are developing. Your thoughts are important in helping our nurses learn more about your child. With the ASQ, you can easily see what your child is good at and catch any possible concerns early on, making sure they get the best care.

Embrace the strength of nurturing your child's development – because every moment counts.

Start your child’s developmental journey with confidence by booking a health and development check at your nearest CaFHS clinic today by calling 1300 733 606.

For more information visit the Ages and Stages website.