Child’s development (2.5-3 years)

Children develop skills at different rates, but by 3 years usually children will listen to and remember simple stories with pictures and be able understand longer instructions, such as ‘make teddy jump’ or ‘where’s mummy’s coat?’. Children begin to ask lots of questions to learn about the world around them.

Running, jumping and climbing will all be favourite activities for your little explorer. They will now be able to walk up and down stairs whilst holding on.

Your little one will be feeding themselves with a spoon and drinking competently from a cup.

Drawing masterpieces becomes easer as children start to use three fingers to grip crayons (tripod grip) and imitate simple shapes such as circles and lines. They may even begin to show a preference for a dominant hand.

Your child will now play more with other children and share things.

Your child will now be dry during the day and able to communicate their need to use the toilet or potty – see our page on toilet training.

Whilst there is a pattern of expected development, all children are different and develop at different rates in their unique way, however, if you are worried about your child’s development contact us.