As a parent/caregiver, you know your child best and can observe and identify possible developmental concerns. The earlier concerns are identified the more you can do to help your child develop well.
If you have a child zero to six years of age, we can provide:
It is important for your child to be seen by their health care provider at 18 months of age. This comprehensive visit is an opportunity to ask questions about your child’s development. Complete a free, online 18-Month Visit Planner tool to make a personalized plan to help discuss your child’s developmental health with your health care provider.
As a parent/caregiver, there are many things that you can do to support your child’s development.
Let your child lead play time. Playtime can be fun for both you and your child and is very important for your child’s development.
You are your child’s favourite toy! Playing with your child can be simple and you don’t need expensive or fancy toys.
Video: Everyday Play, Health Nexus
Reading, singing and speaking to your child supports your child’s development by:
Video: Playing with Language – Reading Books
As a parent/caregiver, your child relies on you to provide opportunities to be active. Physical activity will help your child:
Get involved in activities that are age appropriate, fun and safe. Avoid using the television as a babysitter. For free, fun physical activities, visit Have a Ball Together (for zero to six years old) and Rainbow Fun (for zero to six years old). For bike, walk and play activities around Toronto visit ActiveTO.ca
Follow these feeding tips to help give your child the nutrition they need to grow and develop. Getting children to eat healthy foods can be challenging. Healthy eating helps your child grow and develop, learn at school and develop good eating habits.