What Child Care Providers Can Expect in Preschoolers' Thinking and Language Development

Preschool circle time

During the preschool years, children develop new thinking skills and become competent at using language to communicate. These newly developed thinking and language skills enable preschoolers to begin solving complex problems, asking and answering questions, and using their imagination to create and act out stories. Child care providers can support thinking and language development in preschoolers through conversations, reading, math and science activities, creative questions, and opportunities to pretend. The following are common milestones of thinking and language development in …

What Child Care Providers Can Expect in Preschoolers' Physical Development

Preschooler in ball pit

Between the ages of 3 and 5, children are still growing quickly, and are continuing to practice their large and small motor skills. Child care providers can support preschoolers’ physical and motor development by ensuring that children eat well-balanced meals and snacks, by building in plenty of time for active play and by planning a wide variety of activities to encourage motor development. The lists below give an idea of what to look for in the physical development of preschool-age …

What Child Care Providers Can Expect in Preschoolers' Social and Emotional Development

Children holding hands

Between ages 3 and 5, young children gain a better understanding of their own feelings and emotions, and become more competent at interacting with other children. They may be able to talk about their feelings, respond appropriately to others’ emotional signals, and regulate their emotions. They begin to understand how others feel, start learning how to negotiate and take turns and practice social problem solving when playing with others. Here are some common social and emotional milestones child care providers …

Preschool-age Children in Child Care

Preschool circle time

Preschool-age children between ages 3 and 5 are active, busy learners who enjoy a wide variety of activities. Working with preschoolers can be rewarding for child care providers because they are self-directed, self-motivated, creative and love to play. In order to plan a curriculum that keeps preschool-age children learning and growing, child care providers need to understand how 3- to 5-year-olds grow, think, use language, understand feelings and relate to other people. The following articles provide basic information about children’s …

Unique Thinking Skills in Preschool-age Children

As most child care providers know, young children aren’t just “miniature adults.” Preschool-age children actually think about the world from a very different viewpoint. Knowing how preschoolers approach the world can help child care providers do a better job of building relationships with them, planning activities that support and challenge their development, and communicating with their families about development during the preschool years.

Preschoolers are Egocentric

Most 3- to 5-year-olds see the world only from their own point of view, …