Kids

Children grow at different rates. Sometimes they'll experience a growth spurt and grow out of their clothes and shoes rapidly. Other times, their height and weight may plateau, staying the same for six months or more.

The easiest way to measure a child's growth is by plotting their weight and height over a period of time on a growth reference chart.

SOME PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN KIDS INCLUDE:

THREE TO FOUR YEARS

  • Fine motor skills developing such as holding a pencil, drawing and cutting with scissors
  • Running, jumping and climbing with lots of energy

FOUR TO SIX YEARS

  • Hopping and skipping with good balance
  • Dressing without help
  • Swinging, climbing and may be riding tricycle or bike with training wheels

SIX TO NINE YEARS

  • Energy levels are generally high
  • Often like to swim, ride and play team games
  • Developing throwing and catching skills
  • Drawing more complex pictures

NINE TO ELEVEN YEARS

  • Becoming more independent
  • Usually enjoy being part of sporting or other clubs
  • Girls’ bodies will begin to change shape during these years
  • Boys may become more competitive in games and sport