Have a chat to your Child & Family Health Nurse or GP if your child is not
  • Playing with a variety of games and activities.
  • Showing a wide range of emotions.
  • Able to focus on one activity for more than 5 minutes.
  • Able to go to the toilet alone.
  • Fluent with speech or has problems repeating words or sounds.
  • Drawing pictures.
  • Able to brush their teeth, wash and dry their hands or get undressed without help.
Why LOVE is essential
Liam's world is now a lot bigger and includes friends that he has chosen and new environments like preschool. His family are still the most important people in his life. His relationships are growing and changing as his independence increases.

This is an important time to make time for Liam one on one. He still enjoys being close to his special people: holding hands, cuddling on the couch and special bedtime routines.

At this age, Liam's relationships are likely to be stronger. He has clear preferences about whom he likes as his friendships change and strengthen.

Extended family is very important to children as they grow up. Grandparents and other family can offer Liam more fun and more love in addition to that which he receives from his parents. Aunties, uncles and close family and family friends build Liam's idea of family and give him other people he can rely on and look to as he grows up.

At this age it's normal for children to start to explore the idea of death, and to be very concerned about this. Liam likes to talk about how much he loves mum and dad and how important they are to him.