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Information for our consumers – Updated 16 November 2022
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.

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Health and Development Checks

Health Check

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

Children in South Australia should have standard health and development checks between birth and 5 years at the following ages:

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

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

Children can also be seen at any age when parents have concerns, questions or issues. An appointment can be made with a CaFHS nurse on 1300 733 606.

Preschool Health Check

More information

CaFHS offers face-to-face preschool health checks with parents/caregivers at our clinics and also some kindergartens and preschool centres across the State.

You can find further information about the areas that form part of the preschool health check in our Preschool Health and Development Check fact sheet below. You are encouraged to read through and write down any area that you have concerns about and wish to discuss with your CaFHS nurse.

Alternatively, your child’s ‘Blue Book’ contains further information on hearing and vision, development and growth, teeth and dental health and immunisations.