- Major motor skills
- Fine motor skills
- Vision and hearing
- Social achievements and play
- When to be concerned
Children aged 5–7 years old can skip, and have strong ball skills.
Children can colour pictures and will learn to tie their shoe laces.
Children’s writing skills develop, usually beginning with their name. Reading skills are developing, and they can talk fluently and confidently.
Children should demonstrate everyday visual competence for near and far.
Children choose their own friends, dress/undress themselves, show caring behaviours, have an understanding of rules and will argue.
Some children are slower to reach these age-appropriate milestones, but will often catch up. Others have not been exposed to certain skills and so wouldn’t be expected to develop them. For example, a child who only wears ‘slip-on’ shoes or shoes with velcro straps is unlikely to learn to tie shoelaces by age seven.
|For more information on developmental milestones in childhood, including recommended health check-ups and childhood immunisation, see Developmental Milestones.|
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