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2 - 3 Years Developmental Milestones With Examples To Links To The EYLF

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2 - 3 Years Developmental Milestones With Examples To Links To The EYLF

Developmental milestones are things that, by a given age, most kids can accomplish. Milestones are reached by children in their play, learning, speaking, acting, and moving. The following article provides Developmental Milestones 2 - 3 Years Old with Examples Of Links To The EYLF.

Cognitive Development

  • builds a tower of five to seven objects
  • lines up objects in ‘train’ fashion
  • recognises and identifies common objects and pictures by pointing
  • enjoys playing with sand, water, and dough; explores what these materials can do more than making things with them
  • uses symbolic play, e.g. use a block as a car
  • shows knowledge of gender-role stereotypes
  • identifies the picture as a boy or girl
  • engages in making-believe and pretend-play
  • begins to count with numbers
  • recognises similarities and differences
  • imitates rhythms and animal movements
  • becoming aware of space through physical activity
  • can follow two or more directions

Examples Of Links To The EYLF

  • EYLF Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators - Children engage in a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts.  E.g. “Take on roles of literacy and numeracy users in their play.”

Language Development

  • uses two or three words together, e.g. “go potty now”
  • ‘explosion’ of vocabulary and use of correct grammatical forms of language
  • refers to self by name and often says ‘mine’
  • asks lots of questions
  • uses pronouns and prepositions, simple sentences and phrases
  • labels own gender
  • copies words and actions
  • makes music, sings and dance
  • likes listening to stories and books

Examples Of Links To The EYLF

  • EYLF Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity - Children feel safe secure and supported.  E.g. “children initiate interactions and conversations with trusted educators.”

Physical Development

  • walks, runs, climbs, kicks and jumps easily
  • uses steps one at a time
  • squats to play and rises without using hands
  • catches ball rolled to him/her
  • walks into a ball to kick it
  • jumps from low step or over low objects
  • attempts to balance on one foot
  • avoids obstacles
  • able to open doors
  • stops readily
  • moves about moving to music
  • turns pages one at a time
  • holds crayon with fingers
  • uses a pencil to draw or scribble in circles and lines
  • gets dressed with help
  • self-feeds using utensils and a cup

Examples Of Links To The EYLF

  • EYLF Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of well-being - Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical well-being.  E.g. “show enthusiasm for participating in physical play and negotiate play spaces to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.” 

Social Development

  • plays with other children
  • simple make believe play
  • may prefer same sex playmates and toys
  • unlikely to share toys without protest

Examples Of Links To The EYLF

  • EYLF Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world - Children become aware of fairness.  E.g. “Engage children in discussions about respectful and equal relations such as when a child dominates in the use of resources.”

Emotional Development

  • shows strong attachment to a parent (or main family carer)
  • shows distress and protest when they leave and wants that person to do things for them
  • begins to show guilt or remorse for misdeeds
  • may be less likely to willingly share toys with peers
  • demands adult attention

Examples Of Links To The EYLF

  • EYLF Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of well-being - Children become strong in their social and emotional well-being.  E.g. “Talk with children about their emotions and responses to events to support their understandings of emotional regulation and self-control.”

Further Reading

Developmental Milestones From 2 Months Old To 5 Years Old -  The following provides the developmental milestones from 2 months to 5 years old.

EYLF Learning Outcomes Version 2.0 - The following articles list the 5 EYLF Learning Outcomes and their sub-outcomes (Version 2.0). 

Created On June 10, 2024 Last modified on Friday, June 14, 2024
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