Pregnancy and baby’s first year

Many of the skills children learn come about in similar ways for each child, sometimes at different ages or stages.

Skills usually build on each other, starting with simple skills and getting more challenging over time. For example, babies are born ready to learn language, but talking takes time.

At first babies take in all the sounds of their home language, and start to coo, babble, cry and grunt.

As they hear people talk to them, they learn to understand how to say some words and what they mean.

Over time they can say more words and put these together into short and then longer sentences.

These yarns become more and more complex as children grow older.

There are many ways we can support children at each age and stage of their development.