Throughout the next few months we will be looking at what to expect at 2 years old, throughout the 3 prime areas

  • Personal, social and emotional
  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development

This week we are focusing on Physical development between 16-36 months, these aims come from the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) the government guidelines which all practitioners follow to support them track your child's progress.  Here are the guidelines of what to be looking out for with your little angel to be achieving at this age. Is your little angel able to or showing signs of:

• Walks upstairs holding hand of adult.

• Comes downstairs backwards on knees (crawling).

• Beginning to balance blocks to build a small tower.

• Makes connections between their movement and the marks they make.

• Runs safely on whole foot.

• Squats with steadiness to rest or play with object on the ground, and rises to feet without using hands.

• Climbs confidently and is beginning to pull themselves up on nursery play climbing equipment.

• Can kick a large ball.

• Turns pages in a book, sometimes several at once.

• Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.

• Beginning to use three fingers (tripod grip) to hold writing tools

• Imitates drawing simple shapes such as circles and lines.

• Walks upstairs or downstairs holding onto a rail two feet to a step.

• May be beginning to show preference for dominant hand.

• Develops own likes and dislikes in food and drink.

• Willing to try new food textures and tastes.

• Holds cup with both hands and drinks without much spilling.

• Clearly communicates wet or soiled nappy or pants.

• Shows some awareness of bladder and bowel urges.

• Shows awareness of what a potty or toilet is used for.

• Shows a desire to help with dressing/undressing and hygiene routines.

• Feeds self competently with spoon.

• Drinks well without spilling.

• Clearly communicates their need for potty or toilet.

• Beginning to recognise danger and seeks support of significant adults for help.

• Helps with clothing, e.g. puts on hat, unzips zipper on jacket, takes off unbuttoned shirt.

• Beginning to be independent in self-care, but still often needs adult support.


Over the next few months we will be discussing what you can do at home to support your little angels through their stages of development keep updated with our blog by following us on FACEBOOK 

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