It is a checklist to help monitor a child’s development from 1 month to 6 years of age with parenting tips to promote the child’s ongoing development. It includes important skills that a child should master by a particular age and touches on all areas of development. It is not a diagnostic tool or a formal assessment of the child's skills, but rather a quick survey to determine any areas that may require some extra help. If there is a “no” answer to any question or concerns about the child’s development, follow-up with a health care and/or child care professional is advised.
The Looksee checklist helps parents:
- Learn about their child's development
- Recognize their child's skills and abilities
- Identify possible developmental areas that may need extra attention
- Plan intervention strategies, including referrals to qualified professionals, if required
Yes, the checklist has been tested for validity and reliability. Overall results indicate that the Looksee Checklist assures parents of the developmental health of their child. The checklist provides a point of conversation between health practitioners and parents. The Looksee performs as well as any other product on the market with the most up-to-date developmental markers. The benefit of the Looksee Checklist is the ease of administration and parent-friendly format.
If you are answering "no" to any questions or if you have concerns, please consult with your health care professional, Public Health Unit, Community Health Centre or child care professional who will be able to assist you with questions or concerns you may have.
The Looksee Checklist is available as a PDF download in the following languages:
To access the PDFs, create an account and look under the Download tab. Check back frequently as more languages become available.
The items are sensitive to the varying cultural values in child-rearing and allow for alternate experiences.
Some items have been marked with a double asterisk ** to indicate the item may not be common to all cultures. In some situations, developmental differences may reflect the culturally based experiences that the child has had, rather than indicate a delay. In these situations, it is important to respect the family's culture.
Our checklist has the advantage of being informal with the flexibility to choose more culturally relevant examples. Developmental differences may reflect the culturally based experiences that the child has had, rather than indicate a delay and may not necessitate a referral. In these situations, it is important to respect the family's culture. Discussion with the family may provide a learning opportunity for all.
The Looksee Checklist looks at the whole child and includes the following areas of development.
- Fine motor
- Gross motor
- Self Help
- Learning and Thinking
- Vision and Hearing
Please note - some Communication skills are specific to a child's first language. Caution must be taken when interpreting "no" responses when the checklist administered is not in the child's first language.
It may be necessary to seek the advice of a speech-language pathologist.
Parents can complete the checklist:
- Online at lookseechecklist.com
- Face-to-face or over the phone with a parent
- At a doctor's office or well-baby clinic
- By mail - make sure there is a contact number for a person or program to follow-up
- As part of a registration package at a childcare or preschool program
- As part of a Kindergarten registration package
The information provided by a user when registering an account (email, first and last name, preferred language, how you heard about the Looksee Checklist, your country and possibly your province and postal code) as well as any billing or shipping address information (including phone number) is stored on a dedicated webserver. In addition, checklists and responses associated with an account are also stored on the webserver. All information collected by the website and stored adheres to the Open Worldwide Application Security Project’s (OWASP) guidelines.
Any credit card information entered is not accessible by NDDS nor is it saved on the webserver. All credit card information is handled by Stripe, Inc. and is saved on their servers which complies to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).
Yes, these are consistent utterances that are recognized by adults most familiar with the baby. E.g. "num-num" for food and "brmm-brmm" for car. The words do not have to be clear.
When your baby uses animal sounds such as “woof-woof”, “meow'' to indicate a dog or cat, gestures, and hand signs such as all done, more, and waving bye-bye are also considered words.
"Speaking clearly all of the time" means that the child is understandable or easy to understand; it does not mean that the articulation of specific speech sounds is perfect.
Use skills already learned and develop new ones: Children build on skills they already have. It warrants further investigation if a child stops using words that they have mastered, or shows an increase in tripping and falling, or stops walking when he/she has been able to walk. Any loss of skills should be discussed with a healthcare professional.
This is a "teachable moment" in discussing the current management of middle ear infections with the family. It may also bring up discussion with regards to a toddler who has had numerous ear infections and noted delays in the speech items.
The Looksee Checklist is a quick and easy list of skills typically observed in children of this age. It requires a "yes" or "no" answer and it will help monitor your child’s development.
- Improved look and feel across the whole website.
New tips for between ages 3–6.
Parent subscription - a one-time fee of $7.99 per child (from birth to six years of age)
Professional subscriptions - unlimited children for a new fee of $124.99/year.
- Professionals - easily switch between two digital formats—quickly do the entire checklist all at once or view one illustrated question at a time.
- As of October 1, 2023, the Ministry of Community, Children and Social Services concluded their licensing agreement that provided Ontario with free use of the Looksee Checklist.
- New parent subscriptions will be a one-time fee of $7.99/child. Current parent subscribers can continue to use the checklist for free until their child is six years of age.
- No longer an annual subscription Current subscribers keep everything and will no longer be charged—thank you for your support!
- Any new children added to your account will be a One-time fee of $7.99/child
As of October 1, 2023, the Ministry of Community, Children and Social Services will conclude their licensing agreement that provided Ontario with free use of the Looksee Checklist. Starting October 1, 2023, we will transition professional accounts to our paid model. The new unlimited professional subscription will start at $124.99/year on renewal.
You will be able to continue using your account and checklists on the updated system immediately. Your account will be renewed based on your renewal date logged in the system.
Yes, this is all included in a professional subscription that is attached to one email address. You have the ability to choose the age, product, and language to download.
The other feature allows you to complete the checklist online and keep a digital record of the children's developmental progress.
- Use it as a baseline at registration
- Monitor child development for all children
- As a discussion point for parents
- Administer the checklist digitally or complete it with a family utilizing the illustrations
- Have a running record of children in your account over time
- Print and distribute the checklist in all languages
- Send the checklists to families within your organization
From the login screen select “Forgot your password?”. Enter your email address associated with your user account and select the “Reset Password” button. Check the email you just provided and follow the instructions to successfully reset your password.
Using the menu located at the top of the screen or by using the hamburger menu on a mobile device, select the “Login” button. You will now be on the login screen, enter your email and password for your account and select the “Login” button.
To cancel your subscription, please log in to your account. Click on the Manage Account button in the top right corner and navigate down to the "Manage Account" option. From there, access the "Manage My Subscriptions" page using the tabs across the top. Locate the "Checklist Subscriptions" area and choose the "Cancel Subscription" button. Follow the provided steps to complete the process.