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

  • Let me feed myself pieces of soft food
  • My primary teeth are important. Brush my teeth daily with a small soft bristled toothbrush and water
  • Begin to offer me a cup for liquids
  • Protect me from sharp corners I could bump into                                            
  • Lower my crib mattress again so I can stand safely       

                     

             

                                                                                                                 

 

Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016