Have a chat to your Child & Family Health Nurse or GP if your child is not
  • Using words or actions to communicate such as waving or raising arms up to be lifted.
  • Wanting to move around.
  • Responding to others.
  • Seeking the attention of familiar people.
How PLAYing is learning
Chevonne is learning all the time. Play stimulates her brain and is helping her to start making sense of the world.

Chevonne still sees her parents as her first and favourite playmates. Playing with her offers a way for them all to get to know each other and shows her that she is important and loved.

Play is one of the most important needs Chevonne has. Play helps her social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. Play also helps her build confidence and creativity.

At this age Chevonne is starting to pretend to do things, like talk on the phone, or feed her teddy. This is her imagination firing up! At first, her pretend play will be very short, but over this year she'll do more of it, and love it when her parents join in with the pretend play as well.

Active play is great for boys and girls. Try to spend time outside with children and practice kicking and throwing a ball.

Did you know unstructured playtime is really important in the development of a child's personality? This is where a child determines how they will play and express themselves.

Unstructured play is more valuable for a child's developing brain than any educational game program on a TV, computer or iPad. At this age children still need a parent to watch out for them while they are playing.