Family Information Service

Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Room 238, Civic Centre, Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AN
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FIS@merthyr.gov.uk


Your child's development

Between birth and age five children grow and change very fast. Understanding more about your child’s development may help you understand your child and their behaviour better.

Smiling for the first time, holding a toy, crawling, taking a first step and saying their first words are called developmental milestones. These are the things most children can do by a certain age. Most children’s development follows a similar pattern, although the timing of when certain milestones are reached will vary from child to child. Disabled children or children with additional learning needs may take more time to reach the different stages.

Last updated: October 2018



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