Child development

Development is the term used to describe the changes in a child’s physical growth, as well as their ability to learn the social, emotional, behaviour, thinking and communication skills they needs for life. All of these areas are linked, and each depends on and influences the others.

In the first five years of life, the child’s brain develops more and faster than at any other time. The early experiences your child has – the things they sees, hears, touches, smells and tastes – stimulating the brain, creating millions of connections. This is when foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout life are laid down. (Raising Children Network)

Young people who have experienced disruptions or distortions in their own development may need more support and guidance in building their relationship with their baby in order to facilitate optimum development.

Below are links to information that may guide you in supporting a young parent in those early days and months.

Newborns (0 – 3 months)

Babies (3 – 12 months)

Toddlers (1 – 3 years)



Further Reading