Key Ages and Stages Consultations

​A framework for Materal Child Health nurses to aid consultations with parents. This page also includes visit print outs, resources and forms.

For accessible versions of any of the documents on this page, contact: mch@edumail.vic.gov.au

Key ages and stages framework

During the 10 Key Ages and Stages (KAS) consultations, MCH nurses should use the KAS framework to guide their visit. The framework sets out evidence-based activities for each of the ten age and stage visits.

Parents' evaluation of developmental status (PEDS) tip sheets

MCH PEDS Tip sheets for the 8, 12, 18 months and 2 and 3.5 years consultations:

About PEDS tip sheets

Current research acknowledges that parents recognise developmental concerns and signs of autism in their children early.

Prompts are now included in the PEDS tip sheets to alert MCH nurses. On the reverse side of these tip sheets, you will find additional information about the early signs of autism relevant to that particular age and stage.

Note: these tip sheets do not appear in the Maternal and Child Health Service: Practice Guidelines 2009.

Developmental referral form (autism)

Developmental referral form (pdf -158.54kb)

Safe sleeping resources

The following documents can be printed to hand out to parents:

A range of resources are available to help parents with safe sleeping. To access these, see:  

Kids Talk poster - 75 ways to encourage

The following poster can be given to parents to display at home: Kids Talk - 75 Ways to Encourage children (English)

Kids Talk poster - translated

Play, Learn, Grow

The Play, Learn, Grow resources are designed for Maternal Child Health (MCH) nurses to support the crucial role that families play in fostering their children's learning and development.

The Play, Learn, Grow resources are based on the following principles:

  • children are ready to learn
  • nurturing and responsive relationships in the first few years of a child's life are crucial for building the brain's architecture. These relationships lay the foundation for a child's future learning, health and wellbeing
  • contributing and belonging to family, culture and community is the foundation for children's identity and development
  • children learn through play
  • learning happens every day, everywhere
  • talking with and listening and responding to children helps them feel valued and loved.

Using the resources

MCH nurses can use the Play, Learn, Grow resources in the Key Ages and Stages consultations with families about their children's communication, play and learning.

Using the Play, Learn Grow in the MCH service booklet provides advice on how to work with parents and the Play, Learn, Grow resources:

Translated cards for parents

To access the English version of Play, Learn, Grow for parents, see: Parent Tip Sheets

Please note, the translated materials may not be identical to existing English Key Ages and Stages (KAS) brochures, but contain very similar information translated in a culturally sensitive way. 

The following resources can downloaded by nurses and health professionals to help support Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) families and communities.

Play Learn Grow - newborn
Play Learn Grow - week 2
Play Learn Grow - week 4
Play Learn Grow - week 8
Play Learn Grow - 4 months
Play Learn Grow - 8 months
Play Learn Grow - 12 months
Play Learn Grow - 18 months
Play Learn Grow - 2 years
Play Learn Grow - 3 1/2 years

Promotion of health and development

The document promotion of health and development is designed to support your discussions with parents about key health messages. Using this, will ensure that quality information is provided to parents across the state.

For more information on healthy eating, see: healthy eating and nutrition advice.

Parent consent forms

The Victorian MCH service statewide consent form is available on the MAV website.