Child Developmental Topics

25 to 36 months

Developing motor skills

Our young tamaiti is growing bigger and stronger and becoming more co-ordinated. Their large motor skills and abilities will continue to improve as they use their big muscles for running, jumping, throwing and climbing.

25 to 36 months

Developing social skills

At this stage our tamaiti is becoming more interested in playing with other children. Younger children will play in parallel, watching what each other is doing. Now they’ll begin to interact more and play with each other.

25 to 36 months

Language and communication skills

During this stage our tamaiti will be communicating more. They will continue to understand a lot more than they can say, but their expressive language (what they can say) will be increasing.

25 to 36 months

Learning about emotions

Young children may feel stress as a result of fear and other unpleasant emotional experiences. When this happens too often, it can have a negative effect on their brain development.

25 to 36 months

Maths learning

Between the ages of 2 and 3 children develop their memory for the ways things are done and the order in which they happen.

25 to 36 months

Self Care

With their growing skills and abilities, young children between the ages of 2–3 years want to do more and more by and for themselves.

Maori language content 25 to 36 months

In every Whakatipu booklet there is a Kaitiaki pēpi section which explores aspects of tikanga Māori and how it relates to this stage of child development. The Kaitiaki pēpi topics are listed in the supporting information.

25 to 36 months

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.