Developmental milestones

Parents and carers should be encouraged to notice and participate in their child’s development. The Personal Child Health Record (Red Book) provides developmental checklists and space for recording developmental milestones in the early years, from birth to three years. This record-keeping gives parents an active role in their child’s development and growth and makes them aware of the key elements of development and communication. Early years practitioners in any setting can support parents and children by encouraging parents to use the Red Book and discuss any concerns with the health visitor or GP.

Resources such as Ready Steady Baby!, Ready Steady Toddler, Play Talk Read and the Play@Home national roll out programme are useful tools for supporting parents to interact and communicate with their child and increase awareness of developmental milestones and skills. 

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