Health and Development (PP)

Health issues for children transitioning from preschool to primary or kindergarten include up-to-date immunizations, physical and other local requirements of public and private schools. Special dietary considerations and/or allergies are important to note as families complete applications for entry. Health and safety are concerns for both families and professionals. By understanding what to expect along the way the parent/guardian and professionals can prepare by understanding the predictable milestones of typical growth and development and how to identify red flags.

Recommended Visits to Doctor

  • Well-child checkups, screenings, and immunizations: 5 years, 6 years, 8 years, and 10 years
  • Early identification of problems – slow growth, inappropriate weight to height, maltreatment, delays, vision, hearing, language, acute and chronic diseases.
  • Blood Pressure should be screened beginning at about age 3-5

Health and Safety Issues

  • Learning personal hygiene, especially hand washing
  • Managing health issues in school
  • Wellness issues of diet, sleep, physical activity, sunscreen
  • Injury prevention issues: seat belts, supervision near water, walking safety, playground safety, helmets when riding bikes
  • Stranger safety
  • Smoke free environment
  • Guns stored unloaded and locked
  • Oral health – brushing twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste; seeing dentist
  • Limit TV and computer screen time

Normal Growth and Development

  • Developing cooperation
  • Learning responsibility and participating in family and household chores
  • Being read to and learning to read
  • Experiences in the community
  • Getting along with peers and adults
  • Learning to respect authority
  • Learning right and wrong
  • Responding to limits, learning self-discipline and impulse control
  • Managing anger; resolving conflicts with siblings
  • Curiosity about sexuality