Check the progress of your child's language development

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* 1. My child enjoys looking at books with others and listening to stories

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* 2. My child can hear me when I call from another room and will respond

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* 3. My child can answer questions about a picture story she/he has just read with me, for example "Where did the bunny go?"

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* 4. My child is able to answer questions that ask ‘why’ something has happened

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* 5. My child can answer simple problem solving questions, for example "What do you do when you're hungry/cold?"

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* 6. My child understands simple ‘time’ words, things like ‘yesterday’, ’lunchtime’, ‘tonight’, ‘tomorrow’

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* 7. My child knows the names of all the basic colours

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* 8. My child can use sentences that have 4 – 6 words in them, for example ‘I want to play with cars’

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* 9. My child is able to tell a short story for example about something that happened at nursery "two boys played with the ball, it went over the fence

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* 10. My child asks me lots of questions using words like ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘why’

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* 11. My child can talk about the future and the past. i.e. “I will watch you” and “I jumped down”

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* 12. Strangers are able to understand most of what my child says

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* 13. My child can say the sounds s, f, l, y, c/k and g when they are talking, for example she/he says ‘sun’ and ‘car’ as an adult would

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* 14. My child likes to start conversations with me, and other people

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* 15. My child is starting to plan games co-operatively with others

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* 16. My child is developing a sense of humour and likes jokes, although can’t necessarily join in

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* 17. My child is able to argue with me or his/her friends using words, and not just actions

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