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Your first step into early childhood education & care

3 TO 5 YEARS

At 3 to 5 years your child is now a pre-schooler, who is fascinated by the world around them. They can speak in longer sentences and will start asking lots of ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘why’ questions.

Developmental milestones you may observe:

LANGUAGE 

  • Takes in conversations
  • Will assert self with words 
  • Tells stories and talks constantly

COGNITIVE

  • Has a longer attention span
  • Follows simple instructions
  • Recalls events correctly

EMOTIONAL

  • May show bouts of aggression with peers 
  • Understands when someone is hurt
  • Likes to give and receive affection from parents

PHYSICAL

  • Develops ability to toilet train at night
  • Runs, walks, hops and jumps with ease 
  • Exhibits hand preference, e.g. left or right

SOCIAL

  • Enjoys playing with other children
  • Shares, smiles and cooperates with peers
  • Developing independence and expanding social skills


To find quality approved early education and care in Australia visit
www.startingblocks.gov.au/find-child-care/