5 years old Milestone
Getting ready for school, here’s what to expect.
The majority of children will achieve these milestones by the time they turn 4 years. All children develop at different rates. Some children are slower than others (developmentally delayed) but catch up with time. Other children, however, may have an underlying problem that causes their development to be delayed, and they may not catch up.
Evaluate your child with this checklist
It is important for these children to get as much treatment (early intervention) as possible. So if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, see your child health nurse or doctor for help as soon as you can. If in doubt, it is better to have your concerns checked than to ‘wait and see’.
- Walks easily on narrow line
- Run lightly on toes
- Be active and skillful in climbing, sliding, swinging, etc
- Skip on alternate feet
- Stand on one foot for 8-10 seconds, right and left
- Hop on one foot 10 times or more, right and left
- Catch ball in hands, throw and kick easily
- Ride a bike with/without trainer wheels
- Thread a large needle
- Copy (draw) basic shapes (triangle, circle, lines)
- Begin learning to write letters (eg name)
- Show more detailed drawings (eg windows in the house, curtains etc)
- Show improved scissors skills (cutting out simple shapes)
- Use knife and fork together
- Usually have a clear hand preference before starting school
Talking and understanding
- Hold a long, sensible conversation
- Make few grammatical errors
- Understand opposites
- Understand similarities between objects
- Understand prepositions (eg in, out, beside) and personal pronouns (eg I, you, he, she)
- Give home address (number, street)
- Use knife and fork
- Fully dress and undress except laces and difficult buckles
- Can solve social problems, ie negotiate, share, avoid conflict
- Identify coins and notes
- Count 10-20 objects
- Understand concepts of morning, afternoon
- Able to compare objects (eg faster, slower)
Youthrive is providing this as general information only and it should not be relied upon as professional or medical advice. You should seek professional and medical advice for particular health concerns or manifestations. Our best efforts have been used to ensure this information is considered correct and current in accordance with accepted best practice in Queensland as at the date of production.
Originally produced by Child Development Network.