Parenting and Child Development Information for Health Professionals
Health care professionals are in a unique position to support parents in the optimal growth and development of their children through early assessment and interventions.
The parent/caregiver and child relationship, in the first 3 years, plays a crucial role in the child’s development which can influence the rest of their life.
18-Month Well-Baby Visit
Early intervention in response to developmental concerns has a positive effect on children’s development and behavioural outcomes. Health care professionals play a vital role in completing the 18-month well baby visit.
Health care professionals’ role during the visit:
- Complete the Rourke Baby Record at the 18 month old check up
- Encourage families to complete the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (2011)
- If a developmental concern is identified refer to services through CITYKIDS at 416-920-6543 or Early Abilities 416-338-8255
- General and Family Practitioners: A002
- Pediatrics: A268
- Ontario’s Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit (MOHLTC)
More information, including certified online learning programs and resources for health professionals related to Ontario’s Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit
Parenting Programs and Services
- FREE parenting groups for parents/caregivers with children 0-6 years old to gain information and network with other parents experiencing similar parenting issues. Programs are offered at various locations across the city.
- Health Professionals may refer patients to parenting programs or services by calling (416) 338-7600
- Patients may also self-refer. For more information, visit Healthy Parenting on our public site.
- Telephone Counselling
- Public Health Nurses and Registered Dietitians are available at 416-338-7600, Monday to Friday 8:30 am- 4:30 p.m. to provide telephone support and referral for parenting, nutrition, and community resources.
- 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Courses and Tools
- On Track Guide: a reference guide for professionals in Ontario
- Toronto Early Childhood and Family Resource System
- Training and Workshops for Other Service Providers