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Children develop at their own pace, so it’s impossible to tell exactly when a child will learn a particular skill. However, the development guide above will give you a general idea of the changes to expect as your child gets older.

All children progress at different rates. Have a look at our play and activity ideas section to help you help your child to progress their skills.

For children who have additional needs their developmental course may differ. Please talk to you GP or health visitor for further advice if you are concerned.


The early years of a child’s life are very important for their health and development.   Children need stimulation and opportunities to grow and learn new things. Having a safe and loving home and spending time with family―playing, singing, reading, talking and exploring―are very important.   Proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep also can make a big difference.

Click on your child’s age to see what activities you can encourage your child to do through play.

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