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Child development

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Child development: 4-5 years

This topic is about your four year old. You can always get a view from a hill, and being four is like the first developmental hill from which your child can get a view of a bigger world.

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Relationships & child development | Raising Children Network

Loving relationships with parents and carers are critical in early child development. These relationships shape the way children see the world. Read more.

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Child development: the first five years | Raising Children Network

The first five years of life are critical for child development. Find out how your childs experiences and relationships shape the way your child develops.

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Child development at 3-4 years | Raising Children Network

Find out about child development at 3-4 years what your preschooler might be doing, how to help your child develop and signs of developmental delay.

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Boredom, play & child development: video | Raising Children Network

Boredom is great for play and child development. This video explains how children have to use problem-solving and creative thinking when they’re bored.

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4-5 years: preschooler development | Raising Children Network

Find out about child development at 4-5 years what your preschooler might be doing, how to help your child develop and signs of developmental delay.

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Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (childhood epilepsy) information | myVMC

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a rare type of childhood epilepsy which impairs child development but usually resolves by 8 years of age.

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Imaginary friends

Young children can have active imaginations, which may lead to them inventing an imaginary friend. This can help your child develop social skills.

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Premature baby development common concerns | Raising Children Network

Its normal to worry about your premature babys development. Our guide to common concerns about premature baby development can ease your mind.

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Reading to your child

Reading out loud regularly to your child is one of the best ways you can help them to do well at school. The more you read, the better – every day, if you can.

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