Early Years Development Stages

by | Sep 24, 2021 | Articles, EYFS

Being a first-time parent can be nerve-wrecking, but Kids Inc Nurseries can assist in your child’s early years development in our nurseries from as young as 3 months. As your child develops through the stages at home and at nursery, you can expect many changes and, together, we can work hand in hand to monitor your child’s progress.

Early Years Development Stages

Birth – 11 Months

This time is important for communication and interaction with your baby. The key areas to focus on are:
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Communication and Language
Interacting with other babies and grown-ups will help your baby develop, and notice language and body language. During this time, you will notice your baby touch and hold objects, gurgle, use their voice, and begin to understand the meaning of the words you use.

Tip: Read stories and continuously play and communicate with your child.

8 – 20 Months

During this stage of early years development, you may notice that baby may start talking or making noises associated with objects. They may be able to point to their nose and their eyes, or they may begin to walk by themselves. A lot more exploring can be done in relation to literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and art and design.

Tip: Search for resources that can help with further learning development.

16 – 26 Months

Your child will begin to be a lot more confident around other children and adults and their communication will be improving. They may be able to ask you to read them their favourite story, tell you the names of objects and let you know when they need something. Discuss what you have been learning at home with your child’s nursery to communicate with them and continue the early years learning journey together. Working together will help your child understand the task in hand and that development happens both at home and at nursery.

Tip: Get your child involved when going shopping by giving them a little bag to hold or pointing to objects that you name.

22 – 36 Months

Create a regular routine for your child to understand, whether that’s going to nursery or organising a day starting with a morning routine. Read lots of different books with your child to see how they interact and feel as the story develops.

Tip: When drawing, your child will understand that whichever way they move their hand, the crayon draws on the paper.

30 – 50 Months

The confidence in the early years will really stand out at this time in development, and imagination will begin to come to life. At this stage of development, you could ask your child to help you set the dining table or fold washing and incorporate a number game to count as you go along.

40 – 60 Months

Nursery prepares your child for ‘Big School’ and there are many development stages that they may have passed through to get there, but they are ready. Their confidence will have grown and you may notice lots of progress as time goes on.

Contact Us

Further information about the various stages of early years development and the early years curriculum can be found in the ‘What to expect when? Foundation Years’ booklet. If you have any queries about monitoring the Early Years Development in our nursery, contact Teresa Brooke, our Director of Childcare and Education, by emailing teresa@kidsincnurseries.co.uk or take a look at our parent handbook for further information.