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Child Growth and Development

Child's height being measured by a parent.

As children navigate various developmental milestones and stages, they acquire new skills, refine their abilities, and construct a unique understanding of the world around them. Learning about how kids grow and change can help parents and guardians navigate and support their families throughout each stage of development.

Supporting Your Child's Development

Every child grows and learns in their own unique way, so it's normal for kids to develop at different rates. It's natural to have questions about how you can help your child as they grow. You might be curious about ways to support their progress and make sure they're getting what they need to thrive. Parenting involves understanding that each child has their own pace of development, and finding ways to provide the right kind of encouragement and guidance can play a big role in helping them reach their potential.

If your child is 18-months old it’s time to make an important medical appointment to check on your child’s progress.  

The Enhanced 18 Month Well Baby Visit is a detailed medical appointment with a health care provider. At this visit, your child will get their recommended vaccines and you can talk about their health and wellbeing. 

Your health care provider will look at your child’s development. If there are concerns, it can lead to specialized support referrals if needed.  

Go to the 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner to help prepare for the checkup. The website lists five areas of healthy child development to talk about with a health care provider.  

Other resources to support a child’s development include:  

  • The Early Years Check In is a series of rating scales that asks you to rate your level of concern regarding how your child is developing. It can be completed for children 18 months - 6 years.
  • The 18 Month Looksee Checklist lists key skills most children should master by 18 months of age 
  • Play&Learn has free online games and activities to help young children learn, grow and thrive.  

For Health Unit Support:  

  • Call the Healthy Families intake line at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003 to learn more about Well Baby Visits.
  • If your child needs any vaccines and you don’t have a family doctor, call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507, to book an appointment for immunization. 

Play&Learn has free online games and activities to help young children learn, grow and thrive. 

Early ON offers free programming to parents and children from birth to 6 years of age across Ontario.  

The Early Years Check In is a simple and convenient tool to quickly identify any concerns you may have about how your child is developing. It can be completed for children 18 months to 6 years of age. Discover what steps you can take to enrich your child's development!

Do you worry about your child’s development? Let us help you! Give us a call at 1-866-888-4577 X5003 

For more information and support, contact: 

Contact Us!

Speak to a Public Health Nurse by calling the Healthy Families Information and Support Line 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5003

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