Preschool 3 to 4 years
Wow, how they’ve grown! At this age children are becoming more social and interactive and you will find that you can’t keep up with their questions and curiosity.
They have gained more language, are developing a sense of humour, and friendships are starting to emerge.
You might hear your child saying:
“Johnny is my best friend”
“I will marry Jane when I grow up”.
Children at this age are engaging more in fantasy play and they may even imitate you. They become quite independent and strong-willed. Due to this fierce independence you may be feeling rejected by your child and they sometimes may tell you to “go away”, “leave me alone” etc. This is nothing personal and is part of their changes in development.
Some tired signs for this age group may include the expected yawning, frowning, uninterested in food and surroundings, staring, grizzling, whinging and crying. More about Sleep and Settling
About Brain Development
Your preschoolers are developing at a rapid rate. They are more able to think about other people’s thoughts, feelings and desires and are developing empathy. They are beginning to take responsibility for their own actions. You may hear little Johnny comforting a friend who is crying, “Its ok your mum will be here soon”. They are able to construct purposeful joint goals with attachment figures and play mates.
It is important to remember that while your toddler’s brain is busy growing, gathering and processing information, their rate of weight gain is slowing and this may affect their appetite. More about Nutrition
At this age children can be very caring, loving and considerate. They are beginning to be aware of the feelings of others. And they are also learning about how their own behaviour affects others. More about Behaviour
About Play and Development
They are moving from independent play to social play. This may include fantasy or imaginary play with small groups of children. More about Play and Development
About Safety (Road Aware-Smart Steps)
Road and play safety is a big deal at this age as children's busy, inquisitive nature makes roads, driveways and cars potentially dangerous environments. More about Safety
Kindy is available for your child from the age of 3. Parents should research the Kindy’s that are available and you should choose one that best suits your needs. More about Kindy
Parent Workshops you might find useful
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When: 30 Mar, 9:30am
Birth to 4 months: A 5-week series of workshops for parents with a newborn baby. Each workshop covers a wide range of topics about you and your new baby and provides the opportunity to meet and connect with other new parents in your local area.