A framework for Maternal Child Health nurses to aid consultations with parents. This page also includes visit print outs, resources and forms.
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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.
Key ages and stages (KAS) data collection
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)
Sleep and settling babies
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:
It's not okay to shake babies brochure for parents
Kids Talk poster - 75 ways to encourage
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.
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
Parent consent forms