Children at this age have an increased interest in joint play such as make-believe, construction and games which help them to learn the important social skills of sharing, co-operating and conflict resolution. Children also learn more about helping adults in everyday activities and finding a balance between independence and complying with the wishes of others. The children are encouraged to express their ideas and feelings through a variety of activities including drawing, model-making, stories, dance, music and role-play. The children discover a larger
world of sound, colour, shapes and textures, letters and numbers, and how to use them to communicate their ideas, stories and feelings.
Your child still needs the comfort and security of special people. Close warm relationships with key carers form the basis for much background learning, such as encouraging healthy choices in food and exercise. At this age children are also becoming more aware of their community and conversations with adults become a more important source of information, guidance and reassurance.