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How Your Child Changes From Age 3 to 5

Between the ages of 3 and 5, children are developing physically, cognitively and socially.

Let’s have a look at how you can expect them to change in these 3 key areas.


  • They are starting to run and jump more easily.
  • They climb up stairs with alternating feet.
  • They can go to the toilet by themselves.
  • They are more able to dress themselves, although they sometimes need a little assistance.
  • They start to show preference for using one hand over another.



  • They become more capable at building using objects.
  • They find it easier to follow instructions.
  • They can pay attention for longer.
  • They become better at telling stories.
  • They start to show compassion when others are in pain.
  • They become more forthright about their own needs.
  • They become more affectionate.



  • They start to develop best friends.
  • They have fun playing with others.
  • They start to share objects with one or two other children as part of a game or activity.


It’s important to remember that all children develop at a different pace. However, the above are some specific areas you can use as a guide to monitor your child’s growth. Experienced childcare educators, working with an effective curriculum and good quality facilities can help your child to develop in each of these areas. Play, social interaction, problem solving tasks, communication, creative challenges and guidance all work together to develop your child. Not to mention healthy nutrition.

Our team pays attention to your child’s growth and identifies areas where they may need more support. We discuss these with you and ensure we focus on them day to day.

Why does this matter?

Studies have found that good quality early childhood education and development is critical in training your child to become a life-long learner and be well adjusted and healthy. The right approach before the age of 5 will help shape their developing brains in a positive way. Your child will emerge from early childhood education as a confident learner, have a strong sense of their own identify and be able to mix well with others.