Check the progress of your child's language development

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* 1. My child can follow requests that have lots of steps to them, for example “put your toys back in the cupboard, go upstairs and find your swimming things”

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* 2. My child can follow and remember a  story that is told over several days

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* 3. My child can understand sentences where the word order is reversed, for example ‘the boy was chased by the girl’ rather than ‘The girl chased the boy’.

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* 4. My child can understand more complicated size words such as ‘medium’ and ‘large’.

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* 5. My child knows that the same word can mean two things (e.g. 'orange' the fruit and 'orange' the colour)

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* 6. My child understands explanations, for example ‘if you leave the ice out, then it will melt’

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* 7. My child uses simple sentences with correct word endings, for example “I’m going to the cinema because the new Toy Story is on”

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* 8. My child will ask questions to get more information, if they need to

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* 9. My child uses language to make up imaginative stories, and they are easy to follow

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* 10. My child can use words like ‘so’ and ‘then’ to join their sentences, for example “It’s my birthday so I’m staying up late”

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* 11. My child is able to explain their views using simple language, for example “I think it would be better if we all had a turn”

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* 12. My child’s speech is clear, with some occasional errors e.g.  misses out some sounds in complicated words such as ‘spl’ in splash

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* 13. My child can use language for different purposes, for example to persuade, negotiate or question

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* 14. My child can take turns to talk in a conversation in a small group, or when talking to just one person

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* 15. My child can use words to say they are unhappy, rather than tantrums or aggression, for example “That’s mine, I want it!”

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* 16. My child can tell and understand jokes

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