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PLAY - Social Development

Your child learns through play. Play allows her to explore, discover and practice new skills, and also to make sense of emotions and social experiences. Babies are born with a need to be social, and interactions start from the moment they are born. Social skills mature over time, and in fact continue to develop all through life. Your child will be developing the ability to interact and have positive relationships with others, and she will become aware of being her own person.

Toddler with bucketYour baby’s first and fundamental relationship is with you. His social circle then gradually broadens to include siblings and other key people in his life, and later he develops friendships and becomes part of school and the larger community.

In the early years, you are your child's most important role model and ‘coach’. The support she needs from you will change as her skills develop and as she is becoming more able to understand herself and others. Various social skills such as waiting her turn, sharing and empathy take time to learn, so your patience and loving support is required along the way.

Remember that milestones are indications of approximate times for when you might expect to see various abilities develop. Your child will have his own individual path of development, within which he is acquiring various social skills at his own pace.

Of course, as the parent you are the most important observer of your child’s development, so if you feel worried about anything talk to your health visitor or physician.

Your Baby's Social Development 0-3 months

Your baby at a glance Your baby is born a social being. From the first day, you will notice her enjoyment in being held and touched by yo...

Your Baby’s Social Development 3-6 months

Your baby at a glance Your baby is becoming increasingly aware of and interested in what is going on around her. During this stage you are like...

Your baby’s social development 6-9 months

Your baby at a glance Your baby is engaging more actively with the environment; both with specific people and specific toys. During this ...

Your baby’s social development 9-12 months

Your baby at a glance As your baby is getting closer to his first birthday, things like self regulation and learning through imitation are im...

Your child’s social development 1-2 years

Your child at a glance Your toddler loves the sense of freedom he is gaining through increased ability and mobility, and his need for independenc...

Your child's social development 2-3 years

Your toddler at a glance Independence is still high on the agenda, and your toddler is constantly learning by observing everything that is go...

Your child's social development 3-4 years

Your child at a glance Your child is calming down and enjoys being social and taking part in various activities. During this stage you are likely t...

Your child’s social development 4-5 years

Your child at a glance Your child is gaining more understanding of himself and others, and will develop friendships. His knowledge and use of la...

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