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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.

  • Mimi Naylor, Speech Pathologist and Clinical Director, The SPEECH Centre Forestville

    Thu 27-Jul-17

    Speech pathologist Mimi Naylor offers parents a number of useful tips for nurturing communication skills during the first 18 months of a child’s life.

  • 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:

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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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In celebration of our 45th birthday, we’ve produced a fun, short video which we hope you enjoy. Thanks to all the playgroups and others who contributed to it.

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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