The Domains of Development
Children develop in different stages, experiencing physical, cognitive, and social-emotional milestones along the way. The changes children go through and the milestones they reach can be categorized into different domains of human development, which helps us recognize the stages our children have passed, are currently in, and are growing into. With this knowledge, family members and care givers can nurture and respond to the needs of the children in their lives, and encourage learning and development through quality interactions – like exploring, playing, and learning together!
The Four Domains
Language & Literacy
Cognition, Knowledge & Approaches to Learning
Social & Emotional Health
Sense of Self & Relationships
Physical Development, Health & Motor Skills
Strong & Healthy Bodies
This domain includes overall health status, as well as self-help skills, a growing awareness of meeting basic needs, good health and nutrition practices, and gross and fine motor skills (use and control of the body).
Did you know? Kids learn best through play! Play develops cognitive skills, physical abilities, new vocabulary, social skills, literacy skills, and much more.
It’s never “just play,” it’s learning! You can find activities to do with your kids that are fun and support development in every domain by visiting the Explorers Club.