Have a chat to your Child & Family Health Nurse or GP if your child is not
  • Interested in playing.
  • Understanding simple instructions.
  • Coming to you for attention or support.
  • Using many words to label objects, people and actions.
  • Joining words in meaningful phrases.
  • Interested in food.
  • Finds it hard to use small objects.
  • And if your child is falling a lot.
Developmental Milestones
Milestones are a guide to the skills that your child should be able to do at different ages. While all children are different and develop at their own pace, there are also blocks of time or windows when most children will meet a milestone (for example, most children walk between 9 and 15 months). If your child isn't meeting all the milestones for their age, it may be a good idea to chat to your GP or Child and Family Health Nurse to make sure there isn't a medical or developmental problem.

Between 2-3 years your child will :

  • Start to run, climb and jump easily. Use two or three words together such as "go potty now".
  • Say his or her name and age when asked.
  • Begin to play cooperatively with other children including using imaginative play.
  • Copy words and actions, ask lots of questions and learn to count numbers.
  • Continue to show interest in learning and like listening to stories and books.
  • Be able to recognise similarities and differences.
  • Start to have proper pencil grasp and will learn to imitate a horizontal line.
  • Be able to dress themselves with supervision and learn to use zippers, buckles and buttons.
  • Learn to self-feed using utensils and a cup and can pour from one container to another.