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Developmental Milestones

What Is Child Development?

Child development is defined as the changes a child experiences as they grow. The development of a child is built up of physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive developmental areas. 

Tracking a child’s developmental progress is important for educators and parents to understand the best ways to support your child’s learning and wellbeing. Children develop at their own pace, so you never know exactly when your child will learn a new skill.

Physical Development

How children learn to move and use their muscles. This can be separated into large motor skills (such as using muscles to sit, stand, walk, run, keep balance, and change positions) and small motor skills (such as using hand muscles to eat, draw, dress, and write).

Physical skills develop through regular movement and activity. Each child will develop physical skills at their own pace and like all areas of development, each individual child will show strengths and abilities in different areas.


Social Development

Social development is how children learn to develop relationships and cooperate with family, friends, and teachers.

During this time, children are beginning to:

  • Initiate and maintain relationships  
  • Feel, express and manage their emotions  
  • Explore their environment with increasing curiosity

Understanding who they are and their place in the world has a direct link to a child’s:  

  • Self-confidence  
  • Empathy  
  • Resilience  
  • Friendships

Emotional Development

Emotional development is how children learn to express, understand, and manage their own emotions, as well as respond to the emotions of others.

The first emotions that can be recognised in babies include joy, anger, sadness and fear. As children’s sense of self develops, more complex emotions like shyness, surprise, elation, embarrassment, shame, guilt, pride and empathy emerge.


Language Development

A key developmental area that is the backbone for your child’s ability to communicate, which encapsulates expressing their feelings, thinking, learning, problem solving and developing and maintaining relationships.

Language development explores how children learn to speak sounds, words, sentences and body language to communicate with others. 

Cognitive Development

How children think, learn, understand, solve problems, and remember. Cognitive development help children to think about and understand the world around them. 

To promote your child’s cognitive development, it is important that you actively engage in quality interactions on a daily basis. Examples include:

  • Talking with your baby and naming commonly used objects.
  • Letting your baby explore toys and move about.
  • Singing and reading to your baby.
  • Exposing your toddler to books and puzzles.

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Helpful Information

We create a learning environment to support and promote your child’s development. Our childcare centre provides quality care and education in a fun and safe environment. 

Yes! Families can connect through My Kinder Moments to track children’s development. 

Always! All our staff are qualified in the early education and care industry. Our educational leaders have 15 years experience in the industry. 

Yes we do have this available for our parents. To find out more information about the Childcare Subisdy program please click here.

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