Most of your child's brain development happens in the first 2000 days of their life, by the time they're five years old.
From the moment your baby is born, they are learning. And you are their best first teacher.
The time you spend connecting with your child is the most important thing you can do to build their brain and body. Children's brains grow when they receive loving, human interaction.
No role is more important than being a parent. It's sometimes challenging, but the love and time you give them will make a big difference for the rest of their life.
Take a few minutes to watch the video that relates to your child's current age. You'll be amazed how easy it is for you to give your child the best start in life!
Transcript: 0-5 years: Building brains and bodies
Transcript: 0-6 months: Building your baby's brain
Transcript: 6-12 months: Tips for helping your child's development
Transcript: 1-3 years: Helping your child discover the world
Transcript: 3-5 years: Preparing your child for preschool
There are simple things you can do with your child from birth and in their early years of life that will make a big difference in helping them grow and thrive. These activities help build their brain and lay down important foundations for learning.
Children don't need expensive toys or electronics. They just need your time and your love.
For more ideas on how you can nurture your child's development, download these free apps:
Love Talk Sing Read Play has tips for every family to help their child learn and develop. The app is also available in other languages.
Deadly Tots has information for Aboriginal families to help their bub learn and grow.
Bright Tomorrows has over 1,000 meaningful moments and tips to help build young brains.
Your child's early development is a journey with important
milestones along the way.
Your doctor or
child and family health nurse tracks these during your child's routine health and development checks. These check-ups are very important. They help you track how your child is growing and developing by looking at how they play, learn, speak, act and move.
There are 8 health and development checks, which you'll find in your child's Blue Book.
You can track your child's development using
these checklists, which can be found in their
If you have any concerns about how they are developing, share them with your child and family health nurse or doctor.