Learning and Development

Your child is unique and they will develop in their own way and in their own time. Every child goes through the stages of development in the same order but will spend different lengths of time, and show different characteristics, at each stage.

Learn about the different skills and abilities your child will develop as a baby, toddler, pre-schooler and at school age, including information and tips to help your child’s learning and the importance of talking and reading to your child.

In this section

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More information

For more information, see:

  • Maternal and Child Health Service - supports your family in the areas of parenting, health and development
  • Maternal and Child Health Line (phone 13 22 29) – qualified maternal and child health nurses provide information, support and advice to Victorian families with children from birth to school age (5 years old) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association – this large, community based self-help group is recognised as a leading authority on breastfeeding
  • Better Health Channel – this website contains information about different illnesses and conditions, healthy eating and health service directories
  • Nurse on Call (call 1300 60 60 24) – this telephone service provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Parent Line (phone 13 22 89) – this telephone counselling service is available to parents and carers of children aged from birth to 18 years throughout Victoria. They provide information and assistance on a wide range of issues, including those who are struggling with or finding the parenting role challenging. They cannot, however, provide you with legal or medical information
  • Playgroups and Parent Groups – outlines what these are and why they are important.
  • SIDS and Kids Victoria – Sudden Infant Death Research Foundation Inc., trading as SIDS and Kids Victoria; is a high-profile and well respected nonprofit organisation that boasts an enviable history of success
  • Toy Libraries Australia – these local libraries offer parents and carers the chance to borrow a variety of educational toys, puzzles and games.