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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.

  • 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.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    New research shows attending playgroup significantly aids children's development. Children who attend playgroup are less likely to have developmental vulnerabilities when they start primary school. This is one of the findings of research conducted by the Telethon Kids Institute.

  • Raising Children Network

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    The first five years of a child’s life are critical for development. The experiences children have in these years help shape the adults they will become.

  • Raising Children Network

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    Usually, once babies are fed and burped, they are ready for play. Find out which are some of the most common cues your baby might be using to communicate their desire to play.

  • Raising Children Network

    Thu 10-Nov-16

    Your child's development is progressive, which means each developmental stage must be completed before starting a new one. It's important to catch the possible delays in your child's development as early as possible. Find out how to identify these developmental delays early.

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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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