Free and comprehensive Healthy Kids Checks are available for children around kindergarten age at Child Health and Parenting Service (CHaPS) local child health centres.
The Healthy Kids Check is also available through GPs - parents can call the surgery to find out if a gap payment is needed.
A full assessment at this age means any health issues can be addressed before children start school.
Five-year-olds who have not yet had a Healthy Kids Check should have a Prep screen, which involves vision and hearing tests, when they start school this year.
CHaPS is working with the Education Department and local schools to begin these Prep screens early in the new school year and is also following up all Year One students who did not have a Prep screen last year.
Schools will let parents know when these Prep screens - conducted by CHaPS - are due so they can ensure consent forms are completed and returned.
From next year all children from the age of three-and-a-half to five years will able to have a Healthy Kids Check.
Prep screens are available this year only as a temporary measure while the new system comes in.
Parents must book to get the comprehensive Healthy Kids Check at their local child health centre or with their GP.
To find out more about the Healthy Kids Check or Prep screen call the CHaPS parent line on 1300 808 178.
To find your local child health centre visit: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/service_information/services_files/child_health_centres
7 February 2013