By 30 months, your toddler is developing a curiosity about friendships and becoming more independent in their everyday skills. Let’s have a look at the 30 months development checklist.

This is a framework to help you understand the direction their development should be going and also some helpful tips for you to help them along their way. It’s important to remember that no toddler is the same. As with babyhood, toddlers reach milestones at their own pace. This framework will give you an overview of how your child’s development should be progressing.



  • Show’s more independence
  • Shows empathy
  • Respond’s to no/behavioural boundaries
  • Looks for another persons attention/enjoys another persons attention


  • Engages in group activities, i.e. singing songs/music
  • Speaks intelligibly i.e. approximates words in a manner that allows familiar people to understand what they are saying as the use this word consistently
  • Use short sentences and phrases of 2-4 words
  • Follow 1. Instructions with 1 key word, i.e. “where’s the doggie” 2. Instructions with 2 key words, i.e. find the big spoon
  • Imitates words/ sentences and rhymes
  • Uses 200 words approximately
  • Points to and names pictures in books

Identity and Belonging

  • Shows happiness when they recognize a familiar person
  • Plays 1. Alongside other children 2. With other children
  • Enjoys being with 1. Adults 2. Peers

Exploring and Thinking

  • Sustain attention for short periods, 1. In motivating activities 2. In adult directed activities, i.e. books
  • Looks for hidden items/items that are out of sight
  • Sorts 1. Shapes 2. Colours
  • Engages in pretend play
  • Build with blocks
  • Shows hand dominance
  • Stand on tip-toe
  • Kick a ball
  • Climb up and down stairs
  • Climbs, i.e. on and off furniture
  • Throws a ball overhead
  • Imitates a line with a pencil/crayon

If your child is doing all or some of the above we have created an action plan to help you support your child with their development:

  • Encourage your child to help in simple routines, i.e. tidying up, dressing, and washing teeth and hands. Provide lots of reinforcement
  • During pretend play model appropriate empathetic behaviour, i.e. pretend the teddy is sick/doll is hurt
  • Develop understanding of “no” in play, ask your child simple questions, i.e. when playing with a shape sorter, try to fit shapes into the wrong hole and ask “ does it fit…no”
  • Offer your child something they don’t want, i.e. at snack time offer them a non-preferred food, ask “do you want X…no you want Y (preferred item)”
  • Play simple games with your child, i.e. Peek-a-Boo, whilst your hands are over your eyes, wait for you child to vocalise/make a movement before lifting your hands away
  • Name and identify familiar people when they are in their presence
  • Model appropriate responses when a familiar person comes into a room, i.e. greeting, changing expression etc.
  • Attend play groups with your child to expose them to peers, organize and attend play dates
  • Praise your child for interactions, i.e. waving, hugging, blowing kisses
  • Reinforce your interactions by being animated and engaging, i.e. changing your intonation, facial expression etc.
  • Facilitate your child’s engagement by supporting them in-group activities, encourage them to direct their attention appropriately, follow group rules etc.
  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes that encourages the use of sounds, i.e. Old Mac Donald
  • Develop your child’s words into phrases by expanding on what they say, i.e. if they label “ball” respond with “it’s a big ball”
  • Label items/common objects in your child’s environment to develop understanding
  • Use preferred activities to encourage your child’s ability to follow directions, i.e. when you are going outside/ play ground ask them to get their coat and scarf
  • Use simple language and phrases that will be easy for your child to repeat
  • Re-read books with your child to familiarize them with the vocabulary
  • Remove distractions if your child has a tendency of moving between activities
  • Integrate building blocks into pretend play, i.e. when playing with cars, trains, miniatures etc.
  • Provide your child with activities that require them to use one hand, i.e. colouring, allow them to switch hands in order for them to naturally select which hand they are dominant in, encourage them to use their “helping hand” (other hand) to stabilize the item they’re working with (i.e. page)
  • Support your child to stand on tip-toe by holding their hands and bearing some of their weight

The above has been put together by the Multi-Disciplinary team at Adult and Child Therapy Centre.

We are dedicated to providing support to young  children and their families throughout their child’s life and want to ensure that parents have as much information around their child’s development as possible in order to gain a better insight to their child and how best to support them.