Developmental Milestones for a Child

Each child is unique and will develop at their own pace, however research has shown developmental milestones that children typically reach by certain ages. These milestones provide guidelines of children’s typical development and suggests things that most children can do by a certain age.

For instance:
• it is typical that a 1-month-old baby to move their head up while lying down on their tummy.
• by six months, the child may be able to sit up with support.
• before they reach their first birthday, a child may take their first steps.

Being aware of typical developmental milestones for the child’s age and monitoring their development will help to identify any concerns and ensure early intervention. Monitoring the child’s physical actions, their behaviour, expressions, and gestures will provide information on how they are developing, and if the child’s development is at the expected stage. A lot can be learned by simply watching and listening to the child as they play, speak, act, and move.

There are many supports and resources available to help you assess a child’s development, whilst remembering that each child is unique and will develop at their own pace. We have included links to both the HSE and to Aistear both of whom cover a range of developmental milestones, tips, and expert advice.

Explore these links for additional information and guidance:

Child Development Milestones

Observing and assessing the child

Learning and development through play

Supporting your child’s development at different ages

Your child learning through play

Building partnerships between parents and practitioners

Aistear – Guidelines for good practice

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