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 their 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 their 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

  • Put me to sleep on my back
  • Wipe my gums with a soft cloth each day
  • Place me securely in the back seat, in a safe car seat that fits me
  • Keep toys with small parts (smaller than my fist) and sharp objects away from me
  • Dress me in sleepers instead of using blankets. Remove any pillows, toys, and stuffed animals from the crib
Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016