Have a chat to your Child & Family Health Nurse or GP if your child is not
  • Understood by others.
  • Playing with other children or with toys.
  • Playing imaginary games.
  • Able to have a conversation.
  • Learning to go to the toilet.
  • Making eye contact.
  • Understanding simple instructions.
  • Responding to people outside the family.
How PLAYing is learning
Childhood is about discovering, exploring and having fun. Children form strong memories from their time playing and these become their special childhood memories.

Poppy is developing stronger relationships with other children and becoming clearer about who she likes spending time with. It's interesting to see how Poppy's play with her friends will change over this year. Initially she will play next to her friends and they will like to play with the same toys.

As she gets closer to four, Poppy and her friends will begin to play socially, cooperating to plan how the game evolves, for example, "You be the daddy and I'll be the baby," or "You're the child and I'm the teacher."

Play, in particular imaginative play, lays down the groundwork for later learning. Poppy's imaginative play will become more complex and it can be fun to join in the games that she creates.