Child Development 0-3 Years
During the early stages of life, a child can progress from being physically dependent, to independent in the first three years.
From birth, children are already developing physical skills, in the form of grasping, sucking and kicking.
As babies grow older to the age of 1, they will tend to develop mobility skills such as crawling and rolling. Most children learn to walk at the age of 2, they are able to control their movements and becoming more independent by being able to feed and in some case dress themselves. They will also be able to play with a ball, which will develop their hand-eye coordination skills, which in turn, byy the time they are 3 years old, will develop into being able to hold crayons and colour in books, or annoyingly on your walls (oh dear). A child will be able to jump and climb the stairs more confidently by the age of 3. Thus being totally physically independent.
Communication & Intellectual Development
From birth, adults will usually attempt to communicate with babies, even though they do not understand what is being said. The usual 'baby talk' which adults do, can stimulate the child and they will develop ways to communicate from an early age. Pointing is a way of communication before children are able to talk. If they point to what they want, the adult will often say the word of the toy or food they are pointing to, this helps the baby learn the word, so when the child is able to speak, they may be able to tell you what the toy/food is they want. By the age of 3 years old children should be able to speak clearly enough to understand, although errors will be made in grammar, a conversation with the child can be made.
Social, Emotional & Behavioural Development
Children at this age will be starting to find out about themselves, they need to form strong attachments, usually with parents and become very clingy. They are at their happiest with their parents as they feel safe and secure