Understanding the Stages of Development for Children


This a little guide to understand the different stages of development that children go through as they grow. Having this knowledge allows us to better understand our child and their developmental needs which is key to us becoming better parents and teachers.


What are the stages of development?


The Child Development Institute describes the stages of development as follows:

"Children go through distinct periods of development as they move from infants to young adults. During each of these stages multiple changes in the development of the brain are taking place. What occurs and approximately when these developments take place are genetically determined. However, environmental circumstances and exchanges with key individuals within that environment have significant influence on how each child benefits from each developmental event."


"During each stage growth and development occur in the primary developmental domains including physical, intellectual, language and social – emotional. Our goal is to help parents understand what is taking place in their child’s brain and body during each period with the hope that they will be able to provide the necessary support, encouragement, structure and interventions to enable a child to progress through each stage as easily and successfully as possible based on each child’s unique set of traits and interests." - Child Development Institute


Why is it important?


Raising a child is both challenging and rewarding. Understanding our child's requirements and capabilities allows to support and nurture their development. As parents the deeper we understand our child the more positively we can support their growth and develop a truly meaningful relationship with them that will help prepare them for life!


Understanding the Stages of Development


There is a great children's martial arts coach from the states called Melody Shuman who recorded a series of podcasts covering the stages of development in children. These are a brilliant resource and well worth listening to!


Click on the link to be taken to the podcast.


Part 1 - Introduction to the Stages of Development and the stages of Development for 3 and 4 Year Olds.

Part 2 - The Stages of Development for 5 and 6 Year Olds

Part 3 - The Stages of Development for 7 to 9 Year Olds

Part 4 - The Stages of Development for 10 - 14 year Olds

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