5 – 8 YEARS

Helping your childs development and learning

  • Help by building thier self-confidence. Pay attention to what they are good at and their strengths.  A this stage they will probably be comparing themselves to others and over-thinking or judging themselves.
  • Explain your mistakes and show they how you learn from mistakes by modelling this.
  • Give your child opportunities to explore the home inside and outside. Get scientific about things and go through cupboards to show them all the tools you use in the house.
  • Ensure they have time alone to play and be bored to trya dn construct activities.
  • Alwys read with your child particularly when they ask you to.
  • show them how things affect others so they can relate this back to themselves’
  • Give them the benefit of the doubt and discuss things with them on a family or worldwide scale.
  • Talk with your child about how boys and girls are equal.


Playing and learning

  • Play is complex now. Children have found interests and online information. ask what they do
  • Your child should be better at managing their emotions, particulalry in games and at school
  • Great friendships will form but it can be challeneging as everyone has good and bad days and they may take this personally with their friends.


  • Your child wants to please you
  • Your child becomes embarrassed easily
  • You might notice that your child is experiencing more worry about the world

Talking and communicating

  • Children can follow more complex directions and use language to explore their thoughts and feelings. The average eight-year-old learns about 20 new words each day, mostly through being read to or reading.
  • Your child now has longer and more complex conversations, and you should be able to understand all of their speech.
  • Your child might voice their opinions and shows great emotion when telling stories.


  • Children will test their ability at this age and get comptative 
  • They can combine multiple physical activite at once
  • Will show independance physically with getting ready for going out or going to bed and have their own routine

Daily life and behaviour

  • At this age, your child’s life is all about family, school, friends and after-school activities.
  • Children start to develop strong values about themselves and the world. may bring up questions and self-doubt.
  • Children will have a keen interest in money and may need pocket money for chores etc
  • Often kids will have better reading than spelling skills at this age
  • understand that society often expect girls and boys to behave in certain ways.