Birth - 3 years

Birth to three years of age is a period of rapid brain growth. Knowing what to expect for your child in this age range helps you to support and encourage their growth and development.

These years are important for establishing your child’s language and social skills, thinking ability, and physical and emotional health.

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Last updated: 07 May 2020

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