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2 to 3 Years

Your two-year old will soon be leaving toddlerhood and becoming a preschooler, and at this stage her mental abilities are growing quickly. However, remember the pace of development varies from child to child.

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At This Stage

  • Your child is now becoming quite an independent person: practising many self-help skills during the day, such as undressing, feeding, starting to toilet train and learning where things are located around the house.

  • At this stage, a toddler can communicate feelings, desires and interests using words, gestures and even two- to three-word sentences.

  • A two-year old is also beginning to cope better with her emotions resulting from frustrations and separations.

  • As your child explores the world of shapes, colours, size and quantity, she will learn to match and sort things, count and tell the difference between "one" and "many."

All your patience, praise and encouragement are paying off, and you need to continue to provide opportunities for your child to explore the world and satisfy her desire for learning.

Find out more about what to expect.

Comfort, Play & Teach: A Positive Approach to Parenting™

To help you to encourage your child's social, emotional and intellectual development, we have created Comfort, Play & Teach: a Positive Approach to Parenting™. This simple approach is built on everyday activities that are part of your daily routine.

What may seem like the simplest and most automatic activities that you do with your child every day - like putting a bandage on a "boo boo", playing hide and go seek, or cuddling with your baby – are in fact among the most important ways parents can help children reach their full potential.

When you comfort, play with and teach your child, you open up a world of possibilities for her. Through simple activities that are easy and natural to do, you encourage your child's ability to learn and to create, to communicate to love and to trust and to approach life with confidence and enthusiasm.

  • When you comfort your child, she learns to feel secure, loved and valued.
  • When you play with your child, he learns to explore and discover the world and his role in it.
  • When you teach your child, she learns how to relate to others, solve problems and communicate.

All areas of your child's development are interconnected and depend on nurturing the whole child. Comfort, Play & Teach: A Positive Approach to Parenting™ provides a practical and natural way to support your child's healthy development. When you comfort, play with and teach your child, you are encouraging all aspects of his development:

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