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

  • Feed me three meals a day and several healthy snacks between
  • Help me use a cup to drink milk and water
  • Let me try to feed myself, knowing I will be messy
  • Continue to use a car seat approved for my size
  • Brush my teeth daily with a soft toothbrush and water
  • Take me to my first dental visit
  • My eyes should be clear not watery or red
  • Re-baby proof the house for my walking and climbing
Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016