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Nipissing District Development Screen™ for Child Care Professionals

What is the Nipissing District Developmental Screen™ (NDDS)?

The NDDS is a quick checklist that looks at the key skills most children master at a certain age. It has been developed for parents and is widely available across Halton. Parents in your setting would have most likely seen the 18 month NDDS as it is a requirement for the 18 month visit with their doctor. It can form a good basis for a dialogue with a parent about their child’s development.

Order a free NDDS

There are 14 NDDS available:

  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 30 months
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
  • 6 years

You can order the NDDS online or by dialing 311.

Frequently asked questions about the NDDS

What are the benefits to tracking child development?

It can help you:

  • learn more about a child’s development
  • be aware of a child’s skills and abilities
  • identify areas of a child’s development that may need extra attention
  • help you to identify appropriate community services that will support a child’s development that can be shared with parents

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What NDDS should be used if a child falls between two of the screen ages?

Use the earlier checklist. For example, if your child is:

  • 10 months old, use the 9-month checklist
  • 20 months old, use the 18-month checklist

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We have a family that does not understand English easily. Does the NDDS come in other languages?

Yes, the NDDS is available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. You can find copies in these languages at (external link) or contact Halton Region for print copies for families at your centre or school.

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What if one or more "No" boxes are checked?

If one or more 'No' boxes have been checked, or parents have questions or concerns about their child's health or development, you can encourage the child’s family to seek help by dialing 311. Our staff will discuss the concerns, suggest activities, and if needed, link families to additional services that will help meet their child's needs.

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How can the "Activities for Your Baby/Child" section help me?

The activities on the back of the NDDS provide are designed to support child development in many different areas. Each activity promotes a key area of development and is identified by a symbol. For example, this symbol identifies activities that support speech and language skills: A small light blue circle in the shape of a face with lines coming out from it's mouth to suggest speech. Children may do well in one area but lag a little in another area. Add these activities to what you have been doing and encourage parents to do the same.

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