Maternal and Child Health Key Age and Stage (KAS) visits
There are ten (10) key stages of your child's development. The visits focus on optimising child and family health, wellbeing, safety, learning and development.
You can talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse about any concerns and how you are feeling and your child’s health, growth and development will be reviewed and discussed.
The nurse will record details in your child’s ‘My Health and Development record,’ refer you to other services if needed and discuss immunisations with you.
Temporary changes to centre visits
Our Maternal and Child Health service is continuing to provide support services whilst experiencing significant challenges from low availability of Maternal and Child Health nurses, an issue being experienced in areas across Victoria, along with the high local birth rate and COVID-19.
From the week commencing 6 June, Melton City Council will prioritise children from 0-8 weeks of age, plus Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, children and families experiencing vulnerability, as well as children and families with additional needs or concerns including families enrolled in the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Program and those with COVID-19.
This means that Maternal and Child Health consultations will remain temporarily paused for older infants aged 4-months and over, and existing appointments will unfortunately need to be cancelled.
To help us assess your child’s needs at this time we advise all families, especially those with concerns regarding their child’s learning, development or behaviour, to please complete the Parents Evaluation Developmental Status (PEDS) in your green book and email a photo of it to firstname.lastname@example.org This email is monitored by our Maternal and Child Health nurses.
If you have any concerns about missing an individual appointment, we invite you to join our free parent education groups to have a chat with our Parenting Group Educator. This is an opportunity to ask questions, hear from other parents, and get information and support. The education sessions are very popular with parents and care givers who have reported benefits from their participation.
Support measures available
Several parent education support measures are available during this time to help support you and help you understand your child’s health and development:
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Families have been be sent a letter explaining these temporary changes.(PDF, 154KB)
- Immediate over the phone support can be gained by contacting the Victorian Maternal & Child Health Line, staffed 24 hours by qualified nurses, on 13 22 29.
- SuperCare pharmacies provides 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access to healthcare advice and pharmacy services, including a free, on-site nursing service from 6-10pm each night.
- You can download the free maternal and child health app. It provides reliable information matched to the age of your child that you can use every day.
- Book into parent and toddler groups
For more information and to book appointments, contact our Maternal and Child Health Central Booking Office on 9747 7287.
To book into a free parent group, email MCHparentgroups@melton.vic.gov.au
For breastfeeding support, contact us on 9747 5462 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org