Development – Ages 0-3 years
By 6 months old, a child will be able to turn their head toward sounds and movement, they can watch and smile at familiar faces and voices, they should be able to look and reach for objects, recognise their hands and feet, Hold certain objects e.g rattles, and will put the majority of things in their mouths.
Between 6 months and 1 year, they should be beginning to sit down unassisted, and start to crawl or shuffle along their bums, from a sitting position. Often Children of this age will start to pull on or push against adult hands or furniture to reach a standing position, they can recognise familiar people and will reach their ...view middle of the document...
Reassuring and comfort at that age is very much dependant on parents, and when held or cuddled will quieten.
Between 6 and 9 months, they will enjoy the company of others and will find great satisfaction playing games like peek-a-boo, and will be very affectionate to their known carer, but can be shy with unfamiliar faces. Between one year and two years old, there is a likeness in most children to please adults and to perform for an audience, they will play with other children, and they may use comfort objects such as blankets. Most infants this age will be cooperative, but can be easily distracted from unwanted behaviour. When separated from known adults, they may also become anxious or distressed, and a cry out often indicates that they want to be returned to familiar faces.
Between two and three years, most infants develop a sense of their own identity, wanting to do things for themselves, but can be jealous of attention given to others, have a reluctant to share toys or adults attention, and can lead to acting impulsively, requiring needs to be met instantly, in order to avoid bursts of tantrums. Children this age, will enjoy playing with an adult or older child who will give attention, and will beginning to play with others of their own age for short periods.
Intellectual and Language development
Between 0 and 3 months, toddlers begin to realise others are separate beings from themselves, they will imitate others and try out ways of behaving in play. Babies will watch their carers face, especially the mouth and will try to copy the movements. They become more confident but still needs adult reassurance, they will make distinctive happy sounds, and will respond to music and other sounds.
Between 6 and 12 months, is when the babbling sounds begin, babies will make different sounds and will turn its head towards the source of the sounds. They will show feelings by squealing with pleasure or crying, and laugh and chuckle to show enjoyment.
Between one and two years, infants move from using single words to putting them together as a phrase, a child will understand key words, in the sentences being used and especially in their second year, children will start to understand the use of conversations and begin to copy others. Between two and three years, they should be able to put words together into a sentence, will begin to ask lots of questions, and can join in, well know songs or verses and put actions to words.
Development - Ages 3-7 years
At Three years, children can jump with their feet together, can walk up and down the stairs, walk on their tip toes much to their amusement, they will be more confident, be developing skills such as painting, will gain control of their knives, forks and spoons and can attempt to catch a thrown ball.
From four years old, a child can aim throws, use scissors and can hold a pencil to draw clearer pictures such as people and houses.
From Five years old a child will...