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Children develop skills in their own time but tend to follow the same path

As your child gets older, they are not only physically growing, but developing socially and emotionally. From the moment your child is born, they are ready to explore and interact with the world.

By understanding development milestones, your family can support and encourage your child as they grow, and know when to seek support.

Choose your child’s age

Baby and toddler stage

Birth to 2 years


2 years to 5 years

School age

5 years and above

If you’re noticing something or have concerns

This timeline provides general guidance on what to expect. Do not worry if your child is not meeting all milestones for their age range. It is normal for one area to develop quicker than another.

If your child was born early or was unwell as a baby, then you might want to look at a younger age range.

If you worried about your child’s progress against the milestones, use our guide to see how you can help your child.

This guide has been based on the guide developed by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

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