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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.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 10-Nov-16

    Activities that allow your baby to practice gross motor skills such as crawling, climbing and walking will be particularly appealing to your baby as he approach his first birthday. Even if your baby isn’t walking at this stage, you may find that you still have to work hard to keep up. As babies become increasingly mobile, they want to engage in play that allows them to use these skills. They will often begin to try to do simple activities independently. 

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 10-Nov-16

    At this age babies start to become more mobile – crawling around, rolling on the floor and using objects to pull themselves up on their feet. Playtime takes on a new dimension as babies develop motor skills enabling them to explore their surroundings in ways that weren’t previously possible, allowing them to experience new activities through play. 

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 10-Nov-16

    At three months your baby’s life is becoming more exciting because you will see her become stronger and more active. Your baby will want to reach out and grab nearby objects, even putting them in her mouth as a means of exploration. At three months your baby is no longer a passive observer, but entering an important phase in which she will develop a sense of control in her ever growing world. 

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 10-Nov-16

    At this age it may seem as though your newborn is fairly passive, however they are actually taking in lots of information about the world around them. Play at this time isn’t so much about lively activity as it is about sensory exploration – the world is filled with objects to watch, touch and listen to.

  • Raising Children Network

    Fri 04-Nov-16

    Development is the term used to describe the physical changes in your baby, as well as his amazing ability to learn the skills they’ll need for life. As your baby grows, these skills and abilities become more and more complex.

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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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