By the age of four

Your child should be able to:

  • Understand shapes and colour names
  • Understand some time words such as lunchtime, today and winter
  • Ask ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘when’ questions
  • Use about 900 words, usually in four or five word sentences
  • Use correct grammar with occasional mistakes such as ‘I falled down’
  • Use language when playing with other children
  • Speak clearly enough to be understood by most people


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