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Baby Development

A baby is in continuous development from the moment they are born, and this is most visible in their first months of life. Each developmental stage can be divided in quarters: from zero to three months, from three to six months, from nine to 12 months. Every stage comes with its own challenges and rewards; knowing how to interact with your baby at different stages is important to their growth. 

Of course, play has a vital role in your baby's development, whether we are talking about motor skills or brain development.

In this section you can read about baby's development, learn how to teach your child different life lessons through play and how to help your child develop their socialisation skills from an early age.

  • Carley Jones, Playgroup South Australia

    Mon 03-Apr-17

    Nature play is making a major comeback. It has so many developmental benefits and, of course, there’s also the element of having so much fun.

    Let’s take a look at the benefits nature play has to your baby’s development.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 24-Nov-16

    Babies are instantly social, and their first impressions count.

    The earlier babies can enjoy rewarding relationships, the better their prospects to progress socially and emotionally, experts say.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 24-Nov-16

    Pint-sized and unlicensed to walk and talk, a baby’s power to play can sometimes be overlooked – but don’t be deceived: babies are not only primed for fun and games, it’s vital to their development and well-being.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    Your baby or toddler can be your perfect resource for play ideas. Any activity can be fun to young children, and any type of play will allow them to acquire new skills. As a parent, you are your child’s favourite playmate.

    Here are our top tips on how to make play fun for you and your child:

  • Raising Children Network

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    Lots of time spent playing, talking, listening, smiling and interacting with you helps your baby learn skills for life, like communicating, thinking, solving problems and interacting with others. But more than this, play is a great relationship builder. Spending time playing with your baby sends a simple message – you are important to me. This message helps children learn about who they are and where they fit in the world.

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Playgroup of the Month

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We value all our playgroups and their amazing stories. This is why, each month, we want you to meet one of them, hopefully their stories will inspire you.

This month, the focus is on Arcadia Playgroup. The determination of this special group of people will surely inspire you.

Play Activities

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Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).

Featured Video

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With funding from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Playgroup NSW, is piloting a special playgroup for refugee families in South West Sydney.  We are running this playgroup in partnership with SSI (Settlement Services International), NSW’s largest settlement agency and service provider to new humanitarian arrivals and asylum seekers.

Featured Article

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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.

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