Milestones (5-6 years)

Enjoy your child’s last few years before going to ‘big school’ and watch in wonder as they gradually grow into more and more independent little people. You’ve given them all of your love and gentle guidance to help them become who they are – you should be really proud of them – and of yourself!

Here are some of the more noticeable developments you are likely see between the ages of 5 and 6. But do remember that this is simply a guide. Every child has their very own unique development path and progresses along it at their own unique pace. Your child may reach these particular milestones earlier or later than his or her peers. There is no need to worry in either instance – it’s perfectly normal.

If you are concerned about any of these issues, however, don’t hesitate to chat to your family doctor about them.

By age 5

Most children:
  • Have gained about 2 kilograms and grown 4 to 5 centimetres since turning four.
  • Can hop on one foot and possibly skip.
  • Can dress and undress themselves.
  • Know their address and phone number.
  • Know most letters of the alphabet.
  • Can count to 10.
  • Understand basic concepts of time.

By age 6

Most children:

  • Show a significant increase in muscle mass and their bodies may appear lanky because of rapid growth.
  • Will be starting to replace their baby teeth with permanent ones.
  • Recognise some words by sight and may attempt to sound out others.
  • Enjoy vigorous running, jumping, climbing and throwing.
  • Can tie their shoe laces.
  • Develop an increasing ability to concentrate and pay attention.
  • Talk a lot and love telling jokes and riddles.
  • Use language rather than tantrums or physical aggression to express displeasure.
  • May be increasingly fearful of the unknown, like things in the dark, strange noises and animals.

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