Child Developmental Topics

3 to 5 years

Getting more independent

Our tamaiti is now becoming much more aware that they’re a unique individual.They will be working out friendships and how relationships work. Their awareness increases about other people’s feeling...

3 to 5 years

Growing stronger every day

‘He iti, he iti kahikātoa.’‘Though little, it is still a mānuka tree.’Our tamaiti is now developing more control of their body and more strength in their muscles. They may also go through a...

3 to 5 years

Listening, talking and talking some more

Listening, talking and talking some moreAlthough language ability varies, by the age of 3 many tamaiti will be using 4-word sentences.Their vocabulary increases depending on the amount and quality of...

3 to 5 years

Needing help from big people

By age 3, tamariki are better at recognising and expressing their emotions.Their behaviour is a window into their world, and shows how they’re coping with the day-to-day realities of their lives.The...

3 to 5 years

Play is the way

Right from the start, this resource has emphasised the importance of play. Play is a child’s work and is how they get their main learning opportunities. Humans are no different to other baby mammals...

Maori language content 3 to 5 years

In every SKIP Whakatipu booklet there is a ‘Kaitiaki pēpi’ section that explores aspects of tikanga Māori and how it relates to this stage of child development.The ‘Kaitiaki pēpi’ topics ar...

3 to 5 years

Young parents

Young parents can face particular joys and challenges whether because of their own life's path, or because of the attitudes they encounter from the wider society.Neuroscience tells us that the two mos...