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.


Growth and Development

Family can:

  • Talk to me often
  • Carry me around the house
  • Smile at me and make happy sounds
  • Sing softly to me at bedtime, let me move my arms and legs freely
  • Give me lots of skin-to-skin contact, either by holding and rocking, or giving me a gentle massage. It will make me feel comforted and loved
  • Move my legs in a bicycling motion for a couple of minutes at a time. This easy excersice will help tone my muscles to prepare for crawling and walking



Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016