How do you know that your children are reaching their developmental milestones? Print

How do you know that your children are reaching their developmental milestones?

While all children develop at different times, there is an expected sequence of developmental milestones your child should be reaching. PLD have provided handy downloadable milestone guides for children aged 6 months through to 12 years. 

Designed by speech pathologists, occupational therapists and educators, the comprehensive guides give an overview of the Oral Language, Literacy and Motor milestones your children are predicted to achieve within each age range. However, please keep in mind that every child’s development is unique and complex and a child may not follow these developmental guides exactly. 

It is important to consider the individual child when using these milestones. Teachers and parents can use these milestones and the associated tips and activity ideas to: 

  1. Gain a sense of your child’s strengths and areas requiring development. 
  2. Get tips for helping your child to develop strong Oral Language, Literacy and Motor skills.
  3. Suggestions for within the home. These milestones are an ideal resource to download and photocopy to give to parents at the start of the new school year. 

Milestone guides for children and toddlers aged 0-3 years

Milestone guides for children aged 3 to 4 years (Early Years)

Kindergarten (WA / QLD / SA / TAS), Preschool (NSW / ACT / NT / VIC)

A complete Early Years guide – Early Years Language, Literacy and Motor Milestones

Literacy

Phases of Writing Development – Ages 3-5

Oral Language

Movement and Motor

Milestone guides for children aged 5 to 6 years (Foundation)

Pre-Primary (WA), Kindergarten (NSW/ACT), Prep (QLD / VIC / TAS), Reception (SA), Transition (NT)

A complete Foundation Year guide – Foundation Language, Literacy and Motor Milestones 

Literacy

Phases of Writing Development – Ages 3-5

Oral Language

Movement and Motor

Milestone guides for children in Year 1 & 2

A complete Year 1 & 2 guide – Year 1 & 2 Language, Literacy and Motor Milestones

Oral Language

Milestone guides for children in Year 3, 4, 5 & 6

A complete Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 guide – Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 Language, Literacy and Motor Milestones

Oral Language

To ensure your children are reaching the expected milestones, don’t forget to download our

2020 Whole School Literacy Plan for Australian Primary Schools

The WSLP covers What to teach? When to screen? and How to cater for the range in ability within your classroom. Keep in mind it may be appropriate for schools to adapt the timing of the skills outlined within this document. Schools may also choose to implement some or all of the recommended outlines.