Understanding childhood development


The first five years is when your child develops the most. This means that your child’s relationships, nutrition, environment and playtime have an important role now and in the future.

Their relationships with family, teachers, carers, and other kids can all help shape development. Healthy eating, movement and physical activity, overall health, all have a role in early childhood development.

Each of these factors are as important as the other. They are all connected, working together to help your child grow, develop and learn.

Early childhood development includes:

  • Physical development and growth
  • Social skills
  • Emotional development
  • Language and communication
  • The way your child thinks and behaves

All kids grow and develop at their own pace. Try not to compare your child’s firsts with those of other children. However, as a parent or carer it’s always a good idea to trust your instinct. If you feel that something isn’t right then it is worth having a chat to your Maternal Child Health Nurse or doctor.

Your own wellbeing also plays a big role in your child’s development so make sure you are looking after yourself.

What do I do if I notice a developmental delay in my child?

Every child develops at their own pace, but if you’re concerned that your child’s development seems delayed, consult your GP, paediatrician, or other health care professional.

Our early childhood therapy services gives kids the tools they need to maximise their individual potential.