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Children's milestones

Development milestones - your child 12 to 18 months

Learn about development milestones for babies (12-18 months), how to aid your child's development, identify development delays and when to get help.

Development milestones - your child 18 to 24 months

Chart your toddler's development milestones (18-24 months) - find out whether they are developing normally or if there may be cause for concern.

Development milestones - your child at 3 years

Every toddler develops at their own pace but there are certain development milestones that should be reached at 3 years of age. Find out more.

Development milestones - your child at 4 years

Find out what to expect from your child, how to track their development around the age of 4 years, and when to seek help if you are worried.

Development milestones - your child at 5 years

Turning 5 is a time of new experiences and change. Find out what development milestones your child should be reaching by this age.

Learning to talk

Learning to talk is an important part of a child’s development and it occurs in stages. Find out how you can help your child to learn to talk.

Toilet training

Most children start toilet training between 2 and 3 years of age. Find out whether your child is ready with these helpful toilet training tips.

Learning to crawl

Crawling in babies is a big development milestone, from tummy time to hands and knees crawling. See tips to support crawling and when to seek help.

Learning to walk

Your baby's first steps is one of the most exciting and memorable milestones in their development. See tips for encouraging independent movement.

Playing with your child

Play helps your child to develop valuable skills for life. Learn about the importance of play, and how to support your child through play.

Kids and physical play

Play is important for your child’s development and learning. Here's how you can support your child’s play and help them identify and manage risks.

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