Understanding Child Development

As a parent, you know your child best. Children are constantly learning, changing and growing, and the early years of a child's life are vital for healthy development. How your child plays, learns, speaks and acts will show you how your child is developing.

Skills such as smiling for the first time, saying their first word, and taking their first steps are called developmental milestones. Developmental milestones, or stages, are things children can do by a certain age.

Each child is different and develops at his or her own pace, however experts have a good idea of the range of development that your 0-5 year old should be reaching. With the right care, support, and opportunities, healthy development can help a child reach his or her full potential.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, please refer to the Early ACCESS page to learn about making a referral. You can also read through the resources and information on this site or simply call IFSN to discuss child development milestones.


Health and Safety

  • Offer me three meals with small portions, sometimes I don’t eat much
  • Give me fruits and vegetables for snacks
  • Make sure I wash and dry my hands by myself before a meal and after I go potty
  • Help me with daily tooth brushing and use small amounts of toothpaste.
  • I’m ready for regular dentist check-ups
  • Continue to use a car seat approved for my size
Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016