Babies and Toddlers

In this context babies and toddlers are referred to as the age group from 3months to 3years old.  The following information has been gathered from various websites and local information that is available for families and services.  For further information, contact the local Maternal & Child Health Nurse:

Phone: 9767 08810
Web: City of Greater Dandenong Maternal & Child Health Nurse 

Raising Children Network

The Raising Children Network website has been created by a consortium that is made up of an extensive network of services, including the Government.  The information is up to date and current.  For further information, click on the links below:

Babies & Toddlers

All babies develop in the same order but at completely different rates. One seven-month-old might be crawling around and chattering madly. Another might be playing silently on his playmat. This is all pretty normal.

Read More here on Babies and Toddlers


Better Health Channel

Babies grow quickly in the first year of life, so they need plenty of energy (kilojoules) and nutrients. A child’s growth isn’t always steady and even, which means that appetite and hunger can be unpredictable.
The amounts of foods eaten by your baby and their interest in food may be a little different from day to day. This is normal and shouldn’t cause any concerns if your baby is growing well.  
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A toddler who refuses to try a new food at least half of the time is a fussy eater. Approximately half of all toddlers fit this description, so it is no surprise that food issues are a source of stress for parents. Eight out of 10 Australian parents are concerned about their child’s eating habits. One-third of parents worry that their child isn’t eating enough. Read More


The Department of Education and Early Childhood


The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) is committed to ensuring that every young Victorian thrives, learns and grows, enjoying every opportunity to realise a rewarding and fulfilling life. 

Babies (0 to 12 months) 

Your child will grow and learn more in their first 12 months than at any other time of their life. This is a period where they begin to make connections to the world around them and to their emotions. Physical developments can include laughing out loud and assisted walking. From four months on babies sleep less during the day and the majority of babies will start to sleep through the night by 6–8 months. 
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Toddlers (1 to 3 years)

Language is one of the most exciting parts of your child’s development. This is the period where their understanding and use of words builds rapidly. At one year of age most children can say two or three recognisable words and by the time they’re three they will have progressed to conversations of two or three sentences. Read More

The City of Greater Dandenong, Family and Children's Services can assist families with information, support and referrals to further assistance.  For further information about: 

  • Best Start Programmes;
  • Family Day Care;
  • Long Day Care;
  • Kindergarten;
  • Playgroups;
  • Preschool Field Officers to assist children beingincluded in a funded kindergarten program;
  • Inclusion Support Facilitators to assist early years services with including children in service;
  • Family Support Services - Counselling, Parenting Support...
  • Maternal & Child Health.

For further information about:

  • Out of School Hours Care;
  • Occasional Care;
  • Vacation Care;
  • Toy Libraries

Click here for a list of local Family & Children's Services available services available: Family & Children's Services Directory

Click here for a list of further community services available within the City of Greater Dandenong: Greater Dandenong Community Directory.  

For a hard copy of this directory or to have a copy emailed to you contact:
Mission Australia
Communities for Children Dandenong 
Ph: (03) 9213 2505 

For information on the services for families and children available in the City of Greater Dandenong, click here.

For translation assistance, contact Local Council Offices or contact Family & Children's Services, ph: (03) 9767 0817.

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