The milestones for children of different ages.

Emotional, physical, social and intellectual development

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  • Created on: 10-05-11 08:24

Physical Development

There are several areas of Physical development:

Growth: when children increase in size, height and weight.

Sensory development: developing all of the 5 senses

Motor development: the control of the body's actions by co-ordination of muscles and brain.

there are two types of motor development:

Gross - this is using large muscles to control the body.

Fine - using the hands and fingers to carry out prescise movements.

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Intellectual Development

Intellectual development is the development of the mind. It refers to the child's ability to learn, understand, recognise and reason.

Children can learn in different ways:

  • Repetition
  • Imitation
  • Exploration
  • Asking questions
  • Observation

Conditions to aid intellectual development are:

  • Explanations and answers
  • Encouragement, support and praise
  • Love and security
  • Healthy diet and opportunities to play
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Emotional Development


Emotions can be negative or positive.

Certain conditions are needed to help a childs emotions develop:

  • Reassured and enabled to develop confidence
  • To bond with adults
  • Secure relationships
  • To have good behaviour
  • To be valued as an individual
  • Love and affection

Somethings can have negative effects on a childs emotions, for example:

Sibling rivalry, seperation anxiety, fears and nightmares.

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Social Development


Carers should teach their children the difference between good and bad behaviour.

Anti-social behaviour includes: Lying, Aggression, Temper tantrums, Bullying, Self harm and Attention seeking.

Parents can show approval of behaviour by...

Hugging, clapping, cuddling, smiling, playing, praising

Parents can show disaproval by...

Not making eye contact, not speaking to child, looking dis interested.

Social development is encouraged by in he following ways:

  • independence
  • reinforcing acceptable behaviour
  • providing a good role model
  • giving a loving, secure environment
  • play with others
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