Summary

  • This is your ninth key age and stage visit with a maternal and child health nurse in your local area. 
  • Maternal and child health nurses work in partnership with families to care for babies and young children until they start school. The service is free for all Victorian families.
  • You will visit a maternal and child health nurse at 10 key ages and stages from birth to three and a half years.
  • Your nurse can help you with things like feeding your child; sleep and settling, making sure your child is growing, learning and developing well; being a parent and looking after yourself.

What happens at my two year maternal and child health visit?

At this visit, your toddler's growth, health and development will be reviewed and kindergarten enrolment will be discussed. You will also be asked to answer My Health, Learning and Development – green book. It is under the Parents' Evaluation of Development Status (PEDS) section. Try to complete these questions before your visit.

This visit will focus on:

Remember, you and your nurse can talk about other issues or concerns if they arise. 

Don't forget your 'green book'

When your child was born, you should have received a copy of My Health, Learning and Development – green book. This book belongs to you and your child and is full of information about early child development, and services and support.

Make sure you take your green book with you each time you see your nurse so you can jot down any issues, and record information on your child's growth and development. 

If you don't have a green book, let your nurse know.

What is my toddler doing at this key age and stage?

At this key age and stage, your child is learning to become independent. They love to share their interests and enjoyment with family, friends and people in the community.

They might be:

  • Copying you – like sweeping the floor
  • Dressing up or pretending
  • Beginning to use two to three word sentences
  • Having tantrums to express frustration or strong emotions
  • Running.

What to tell your nurse

Please tell the nurse if your toddler is: 

  • NOT coming to you for affection or comfort
  • NOT understanding
  • NOT putting any words together
  • NOT enjoying pretend play
  • NOT running.

Activity ideas for this key age and stage

Try some of these ideas to help your toddler learn and develop:

  • Talk about everyday things
  • Play outside and talk to them about what they are doing 
  • Take them to the local park, library or playgroup
  • Sing and dance with them
  • Encourage them to turn the pages of books and talk to them about what they see.

Where to get help

Tip sheets for this visit

More information

Parenting

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Maternal and child health

Parenting basics

Family structures

Communication, identity and behaviour

Raising healthy children

Common childhood health concerns

Immunisation

Keeping yourself healthy

Child safety and accident prevention

Grief and trauma

Support for parents

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This page has been produced in consultation with and approved by: Maternal and Child Health and Parenting

Last updated: October 2019

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