Summary

  • The My Health, Learning and Development book is provided to the parents of every newborn child in Victoria.
  • Parents receive a free copy of the My Health, Learning and Development book when their baby is born.
  • The My Health, Learning and Development book is an ongoing diary of your child’s health, growth and development from birth onwards. 
  • The booklet gives you a record of the immunisations that your child needs and the ones that they have already had.
  • Take the book with you to any health appointments for your child.
  • The My Health, Learning and Development book was revised and released in 2016. Before this it was known as the My Health and Development Record.

The My Health, Learning and Development book is given to the parents of every newborn child in Victoria. It contains information about early childhood development and services and can be kept as a record of the child’s health, growth, development, immunisations and other milestones throughout childhood.

The My Health, Learning and Development book is a reviewed and improved version of the My Health and Development Record (green booklet), which in turn replaced the Victorian Child Health Record (blue booklet). Each new version aims to better meet the needs of parents and improve communication between parents and healthcare professionals.

My Health, Learning and Development book

The My Health, Learning and Development book is given to the parents of every newborn child in Victoria. It belongs to you and your baby. It is full of information about early childhood development, and about services and support that are available to help you build a stronger foundation for your baby’s future.

It is designed to provide information about early childhood development and services and for parents to keep and record their child’s milestones, health, growth, development and immunisations throughout childhood.

It also allows parents to add personal details about their child's development, with space for photos and plastic sleeves for important documents.

My Health Learning and Development
book provides: 

  • a paper-based record of your child’s health, growth and development that you, as the parent, can keep 
  • a reminder for parents to attend maternal and child health visits and ask any health, growth and development questions
  • a way to provide important child health and development education and promotion
  • a booklet for information to be recorded at each visit to your maternal and child health nurse
  • a way of communicating between parents, healthcare professionals and other healthcare providers.

Information stored in the My Health, Learning and Development book

My Health, Learning and Development book is an excellent resource for parents. It includes:

  • information on services that support families, including the Maternal and Child Health Service
  • appointments to keep
  • your child’s growth and health record
  • your child’s immunisation record
  • birth details
  • key age and stages visits information and record

My Health Learning and Development Record is a single, convenient place to store all the important information about your child’s health, growth and development. 

When you visit a healthcare professional with your child, take the booklet with you so that they can add new information. Remember to take your child’s book with you when you go to: 

  • your maternal and child health nurse
  • immunisation appointments
  • your doctor, dentist or other health professional 
  • hospitals or emergency departments
  • the community health centre
  • early childhood education and care settings (such as child care centres, family day care, kindergarten or school).

Maternal and Child Health Service

The Maternal and Child Health Service is a free service for all Victorian families with children from birth to school age. The service is available 52 weeks of the year.

The service provides appointments to check your child’s health, growth and development at 10 key ages and stages from birth to three and a half years of age. These visits focus on parenting, health, growth, development, wellbeing and safety, social supports, referrals and linking with local communities.

The 10 key stages covered by the visits include:

Most maternal and child health centres offer scheduled appointments, open consultation sessions and some after-hours appointments. 

Maternal and Child Health Line

The Maternal and Child Health Line (Tel. 13 22 29) is a telephone service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to families throughout Victoria with children from birth to school age.

The Maternal and Child Health Line is staffed by qualified maternal and child health nurses who provide information, support and advice regarding child health, nutrition, breastfeeding, maternal and family health and parenting. 

The Maternal and Child Health Line is able to link families with the Maternal and Child Health Service and to other community, health and support services.

Where to get help

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Immunisation

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Immunisation basics

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A-Z of immunisations and vaccines

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This page has been produced in consultation with and approved by: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Last updated: June 2018

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