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All children develop at different rates. However, there are certain milestones parents and professionals can use to check if children are developing as expected.
As a parent, you might be worried if your child achieves their milestones, like sitting, talking, or playing, later than their peers. If you’re concerned worried about your child’s health or development, it's important to talk to someone.
There is lots of support and advice available to help you and your child. This includes online resources you can use to see if your child is developing at an expecting rate, such as: Baby's development - NHS (www.nhs.uk) and I can Progress Checker home
All children are offered health and development reviews by the health visiting team. These are scheduled when your baby is one year (12-15 months) and again between 2 – 2 ½. This appointment is a chance to discuss any questions you may have about your child’s health, growth, and behaviour.
The team use questionnaires called the Ages and Stages (ASQ) and Ages and Stages Social and Emotional (ASQ SE) to help these assessments. These will be shared with you before the appointment. If there are any concerns, we may monitor these, or refer you to specialist services who can offer further assessment and support. We can also advise you on how to support your child.
As well as these appointments, you can talk to your Health Visitor, School nurse or GP at anytime.
If there are concerns about your child, your health visitor, school nurse, GP, or school may:
If referred to a specialist health team, different groups of professionals may be involved in your child’s care. This will depend on your child’s individual needs.