Infants – 5-7 years
This can be an unsettling time for children as there is a lot of change in their life as they start school and make new friends, which is why it is important that they are surrounded by familiarity.
Once your child starts school their skills will develop quickly; they will learn new things every day and will socialise with classmates. You are likely to find that likes and dislikes change as they are influenced by friends, who share their favourite things and influence the choices your child makes.
At this age they plan things in their mind before completing a task – planning a drawing or model before starting the task and adding content and detail as they develop. Your child will be fluent in speech with few infantile substitutions, and those they have will often leave quickly once at school. They will develop more co-ordination and physical ability; somersaults, running, jumping, balancing, skilled direction on a tricycle/bicycle (and will progress to taking off stabilisers), catching from greater distances, etc. Concentration will increase although it might not feel like it as they will have a short attention span and it will feel like they are never in one place for too long!
By the age of six you child will talk a lot! They will enjoy teasing out their wide vocabulary and add to it every day. They may well try slang and will test your reaction to “naughty” words. You may find you get asked a lot of questions too.