At this consultation your toddler's growth, health and development will be reviewed and your nurse will give you information about starting kindergarten. Your toddler will also be given a vision screening.
This consultation will focus on:
- family health and wellbeing
- healthy eating
- how to take care of your child's teeth
- sun protection and water safety
- improving communication, language and play
Other areas you might want to talk about:
- your parent evaluation of development status (PEDS) questions in the My Health and Development Record
- kindergarten enrolment.
Please tell the nurse if your child is:
- not talking clearly
- not able to talk in sentences
- not coming to you for affection or comfort
- not playing imaginary games
- not playing with other children
- not drawing.
Maternal and Child Health 3.5 Year Healthy Kids Check
If your child has had their third birthday and has not yet turned five, you may wish to arrange for them to have a Healthy Kids Check.
A Healthy Kids Check is available to all children at or around the time of their four-year-old immunisation and helps to ensure that children are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.
The aim of the Healthy Kids Check is to improve the health and well-being of Australian children and promote early detection of lifestyle risk factors, delayed development and illness. It also provides the opportunity to discuss with your family doctor or practice nurse, guidance on healthy lifestyles and early intervention strategies for your child.
A Healthy Kids Check will include an assessment of your child’s height and weight, an assessment of their eyesight, hearing and oral health and discussion about their toilet habits and known or suspected allergies.
In Victoria you are able to have your child’s Healthy Kids Check at your local Maternal and Child Health centre. The three and a half year key ages and stages consultation is recognised as the Healthy Kids Check.