SummaryRead the full fact sheet
- This is your seventh 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 breastfeeding and 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 twelve month maternal and child health visit?
At this visit, your baby's growth, health and development will be reviewed. You will also be asked to answer . It is under the Parents' Evaluation of Development Status (PEDS) section. Try to complete these questions before your visit.
This visit will focus on:
- addressing the PEDS questions in your green book
- helping your child to eat healthy food
- being sun smart (learning )
- how play helps learning and development
- family and wellbeing
- social communication.
Remember, you and your nurse can talk about other issues or concerns if they arise.
Tip sheets for this visit
What is my baby doing at this key age and stage?
At this key age and stage, your baby is becoming more social and loves to go for walks outdoors. They are learning to feed themselves and they enjoy sharing in family meal times.
They might be:
- waving 'bye bye'
- saying one or two clear words
- pulling to stand up, holding onto furniture
- following simple instructions like 'come to mummy'
- pointing to people or familiar objects.
What to tell your nurse
Please tell the nurse if your baby is:
- NOT enjoying eye contact or cuddles with you
- NOT interested in sounds
- NOT letting you know what they want
- NOT seeming to understand you
- NOT crawling or standing holding on
- NOT pointing.
Activity ideas for this key age and stage
Try some of these ideas to help your baby learn and develop:
- play music, sing and dance with them
- read books with them and help them to hold the book and turn the pages
- take them out and about – try your local library's free story time sessions
- talk to them about the things they look at and point to
- play with them at their level and laugh and be a bit silly!
How often should I visit?
You will be asked to see your maternal and child health nurse at 10 key ages and stages in your child’s health, learning and development. These include:
Families can access the service at other times by telephone or through a centre visit. Most centres offer a range of times when families can access the service. They typically operate through scheduled appointments, open consultation sessions and some after-hours appointments.