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

  • Breastfeeding is the best way to feed me, it will build a special closeness between us
  • If you use a bottle to feed me, be sure to keep bottles and nipples very clean and follow the directions on the container for the formula.
  • Keep my head supported when holding or moving me
  • Put me to sleep on my back unless the doctor or nurse says another position is safer.
  • Sleeping on the back is the best way to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • It is important to get my shots when they are due. Immunizations help my body fight off diseases that are harmful




Last Updated: Sep 23, 2015