Child Development Milestone Chart
Age Physical Development Emotional Development
Lies in fetal position
Beginning to develop
with knees tucked up.
concepts e.g. becomes
Unable to raise head.
aware of physical Cries vigorously.
Head falls backwards if
Bonds with mother. sensations such as Respond to high-pitched
At Birth pulled to sit. Reacts to
Smiles at mother. hunger. Explores using tones by moving his
sudden sound. Closes
his senses. Make eye limbs.
eye to bright light.
contact and cry to
Opens eye when held in
an upright position.
Pelvis is flat when lying
Squeals with interest in his
down. Lower back is Attentive to sounds
pleasure surroundings. Shows
still weak. Back and made by your voice.
appropriately. interest in playthings.
neck firm when held Indicates needs with
Reacts with Understand cause and
3 Months sitting. Grasps objects differentiated cries.
pleasure to familiar effect… e.g. if you tie
placed in hands. Turns Beginning to vocalize.
routines. one end of a ribbon to
head round to have a Smile in response to
Discriminates his toe and the other to
look at objects. speech.
smile. a mobile, he will learn
Establishes eye contact.
to move the mobile.
Can lift head and
shoulders. Sits up with
Finds feet interesting.
support. Enjoys standing
Responds to Understand objects and
and jumping. Transfers Double syllable sounds
different tones of know what to expect of
objects from one hand to such as 'mama' and
mother. May show them. Understand 'up'
6 Months the other. Pulls self up to 'dada'. Laughs in play.
'stranger shyness'. and 'down' and make
sit and sits erect with Screams with
Takes stuff to appropriate gestures,
supports. Rolls over annoyance.
mouth. such as raising his arms
prone to supine. Palmer
to be picked.
grasp of cube. Well
established visual sense.
Sits unsupported. Grasps
with thumb and index
finger. Releases toys by
Apprehensive Babbles tunefully.
dropping. Wiggles and Shows interest in
about strangers. Vocalizes to attract
crawls. Sits unsupported. picture books. Watches
9 Months Imitates hand- attention. Enjoy
Picks up objects with activities of others with
clapping. Clings to communicating with
pincer grasp. Looks for interest.
familiar adults. sounds.
fallen objects. Holds
bottle. Is visually
Stands holding furniture. Cooperates with Responds to simple Babbles 2 or 3 words
1 Year Stands alone for a dressing. Waves instructions. Uses trial- repeatedly. Responds to
second or two, then goodbye. and-error to learn about simple instructions.
collapses with a bump. Understands simple objects. Understands several
Walks holding one hand. commands. words. Uses jargon.
Bends down and picks Demonstrate
up objects. Pulls to stand affection.
and sits deliberately. Participate in
May walk alone. Holds nursery rhymes.
spoon. Points at objects.
Picks up small objects.
Can crawl up stairs
frontwards. Kneels Helps with
unaided. Balance is dressing. Indicates
poor. Can crawl down soiled or wet
15 Months Is very curious. needs. Jabbers freely
stairs backwards. Builds paints. Emotionally
2 block tower. Can place dependent on
objects precisely. Turns familiar adult.
pages of picture book.
Squats to pick up toys. Plays alone near
Can walk alone. Drinks familiar adult.
without spilling. Picks Demands constant
up toy without falling mothering. Drinks Enjoys simple picture Uses 'Jargon'. Uses
over. Shows preference from a cup with books. Explores many intelligible words.
18 Months for one hand. Gets both hands. Feeds environment. Knows Repeats an adult’s last
up/down stairs holding self with a spoon. the names of parts of word. Jabbering
onto rail. Begins to jump Attains bowel his body. established.
with both feet. Can build control. Tries to
a tower of 3 or 4 cubes sing. Imitates
and throw a ball. domestic activities.
Can kick large ball.
Squats with ease. Rises Throws tantrum if
without using hands. frustrated. Can put
Joins 2-3 words in Talks to self
Builds tower of six on shoes.
sentences. Recognizes continuously. Speaks
cubes. Able to run. Completely spoon
2 Years details in pictures. Uses over two hundred
Walks up and down feeds and drinks
own name to refer to words, and accumulate
stairs 2 feet per step. from cup. Is aware
self. new words very rapidly.
Builds tower of 6 cubes. of physical needs.
Turns picture book Dry by day.
pages one at a time.
Can jump off lower
steps. Can pedal and
steer tricycle. Goes up
stairs 1 foot per step and Relates present
downstairs 2 feet per activities and past Constantly asks
step. Copies circle. experiences. Can draw questions. Speaks in
3 Years Imaginary
Imitates cross and draws a person with a head. sentences. Talks to
man on request. Builds Can sort objects into himself when playing.
very hard to please.
tower of 9 cubes. Has simple categories.
Uses spoon and
good pencil control. Can
cut paper with scissors.
Can thread large beads
on a string.
Argues with other
Sits with knees crossed. children. Plans
Ball games skill games co-
increases. Goes down operatively. Counts up to 20. Asks
substitutions in speech.
stairs one foot per step. Dresses and meanings of words.
Uses correct grammar
4 Years Imitates gate with cubes. undresses with Questioning at its
most of the time. Enjoy
Copies a cross. Can turn assistance. Attends height. Draw
counting up to twenty
sharp corners when to own toilet needs. recognizable house.
running. Builds a tower Developing a sense
of 10 cubes. of humor. Wants to
Skips. Well developed
ball skills. Can walk on Chooses own
along a thin line. Skips friends. Dresses Fluent speech with few
on both feet and hops. and undresses Writes name. Draws a infantile substitutions in
Draws a man and copies alone. Shows detailed person. speech. Talks about the
a triangle. Gives age. caring attitudes Matches most colours. past, present and future
Can copy an adult’s towards others. Understands numbers. with a good sense of
writing. Colors pictures Copes well with time.
carefully. Builds steps personal needs.
with 3-4 cubes.
Stubborn and Fluent speech. Can
Learns to skip with rope. Draws with precision
demanding. Eager pronounce majority of
Copies a diamond. and to detail.
for fresh the sounds of his own
6 Years Knows right from left Developing reading
experiences. May language. Talk fluently
and number of fingers. skills well. May write
be quarrelsome and with confidence
Ties shoe laces. independently.
with friends. .