Little one and family from 2 to 3 years old

Being strong in kinship and identity may bring changes for little one.

Their sense of identity grows by learning about their needs, feelings, likes and dislikes.

Relationships teach little one about their role in the family and how to get along with others.

They may become frustrated if they are not able to express emotions, which could lead to tantrums.

Through guidance from adults, little one can learn to put words to feelings and understand how their behaviour affects others.

Staying calm when they have strong feelings may be a challenge for parents/carers. Routines could help make them feel secure when they may otherwise feel out of control.

You can also encourage your little one to develop self-control through waiting, sharing and taking turns, especially when playing with others.

The community has an important role in supporting little one’s growing sense of self and connection to kin.

At this age, your little one may be:

  • feeding themselves
  • drinking from a cup
  • starting to sleep in a big bed
  • still co-sleeping
  • learning to go to the toilet
  • learning about hygiene
  • learning to dress themselves
  • finding out about body parts
  • eating healthy foods
  • going to playgroup and/or childcare
  • starting to have a little screen time.

Parents/carers may be:

  • moving little one into a big bed
  • toilet training with little one
  • taking them to playgroup
  • enrolling them in childcare
  • teaching at home – playing, modelling and letting little explore
  • letting them have sleepovers with extended family like grandparents and aunties/uncles
  • understanding what little one is watching on screen
  • setting limits on screen time
  • making home safe as little one grows
  • keeping an eye on little one so they are safe.

Find more ways to make their early years count at your local Early Years Place.

Published — 27 June 2019 Last updated — 27 June 2019

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