Social-emotional development from 3 to 5 years old

With the thinking part of the brain taking off, little one goes from believing everyone sees the world the same way to understanding different points of view. Much of this learning happens through play.

The logical front part of little one’s brain gets better at controlling the emotional, impulsive part, at least sometimes.

Little one becomes more able to wait for a reward and think before doing something.

Make sure little one has lots of chances to interact with others – parents/carers, family, other children because:

  • this will strengthen connections involved with language and other forms of communication
  • little one learns to get along better with others.
Published — 27 June 2019 Last updated — 27 June 2019

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