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helping your five year old’s development:
the fantastic fives

As your child turns five, they'll be starting to really enjoy doing things for themselves, and you probably won’t be able to get a word in edgeways with all the things they'll want to tell you about!

Some may have started school, where they'll be spending the day learning, making new friends and creating mini-masterpieces to bring home.

All these new experiences can be challenging, but with the right support they'll be picking up loads of useful skills to help them along their five-year milestones.

child physical development at 5 years old

chatting

Five year olds love to make up stories and by now they'll know enough words to put together some pretty impressive tales.

Reading to your child is a good way to help their speech develop as well as expanding their (probably already pretty vivid) imagination. You'll also notice they can talk about their feelings – for example, if they've fallen out with a friend or are scared of something they'll be able to tell you about it.

developing and discovering

At five, a child’s memory is quite advanced, and if they're at school they'll be learning maths and reading, as well as loads of facts about the world around them. As part of this, they'll quickly start discovering what they like – and what they don't!

Physically, they're growing bigger and stronger and their motor skills will have developed enough for them to start learning to ride a bike. Children of this age also begin to develop an interest in hobbies, so they might want to join groups, whether that's football, dancing or gymnastics – or even all three.

making friends

Your little one will be making new friends and learning how to play well with others. Although 5 year olds are never going to be experts on social etiquette, you can help your child out by encouraging kindness and sharing. Regardless, they're bound to have little tiffs with their friends every now and then, and dealing with this kind of issue is key to a 5 year old's development of good social skills.

starting school

Five year olds will love the sense of belonging and the clear routine of school. They'll also learn simple manners, such as saying please and thank you and waiting their turn.

At five, your little one is dealing with a lot: new subjects, reading, writing and learning how to interact with classmates. If your child has a wobble about school, their teacher can help by suggesting ways to make them more comfortable, such as bringing a teddy into class, so they have a familiar (furry) face with them all day.