Further Information on Child Developmental Milestones

Department of Health

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council in partnership with Skills for Care and Development, the University of Ulster, Queens University Belfast and the Office of Social Services has developed a new and innovative mobile application for Child Development.

The mobile app is a free resource which has been developed to give social workers, those who work in early years and other professionals in child care, instant access to high quality information on child developmental norms relevant to the 0-6 year’s age group.

The child development app is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and is available on tablet and mobile phone in Apple and Android format free of charge. It is available to download from ITunes and Google Play at the following links;

IOS/Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/understanding-child-development/id721681546?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.paperbag.child


Department of Education

The attached report provides information on the expected developmental milestones for children in the Early Years.  Parents may find this information helpful in supporting their child’s development within the home.  The publication is entitled:

“Early Years Outcomes: A non-statutory guide for practitioners and inspectors to help inform understanding of child development through the early years”, DE (UK) September 2013.

(LINK TO THIS PUBLICATION – once approval from DE is received)

 Special thanks to “Looking for Childcare?” publication by Sure Start, dated Spring 2007 from which some of this advice was drawn.