Developmental Milestones 4-8 Months

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standards (NQS) are the Australian Government guide outlining the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.

With regard to monitoring the developmental milestones of young children, the EYLF reminds us that:

“Children’s learning is ongoing and each child will progress towards the outcomes in different and equally meaningful ways. Learning is not always predictable and linear. Educators plan with each child and the outcomes in mind.” (Early Years Learning Framework, p.19)

At the Cherry Bridge Station Early Learning and Childcare Centres in NSW we closely follow the practices set out by the EYLF and our trained educators use their expected outcomes as a guide to monitor the developmental stages of the babies and children in our care, never losing sight of the fact that it is natural for all children to progress at their own pace.

A summary of the milestone guide for babies 4-8 months:

Physical Development

  • Reaches and grasp at things with one hand
  • Studies and plays with feet
  • Can sit with light support
  • Can lift head/chest when on tummy and roll over
  • Eyes follow people and objects (eyes moving together)
  • Makes crawling movements with all limbs
  • Able to lift a foot when standing with support
  • Turns head towards sounds and voices

Language

  • Repeats sounds and uses baby speak and babbles
  • Tries to imitate conversational speech
  • Enjoys the language element of games e.g. pat-a-cake
  • Copies generic sounds
  • Smiles/interacts with own reflection
  • Recognises own name

Talk to a professional for advice if your 4-8 month old is:

  • Not able to roll when playing on floor
  • Not making baby sounds or babbling
  • Not responding to caregivers or familiar faces
  • Not playing with feet/grasping objects etc.

If you or your childcare centre believes that your child may be falling behind with any of these developmental milestones, or if you are noticing any of the signs that you think may be a cause for concern, make an appointment with your family health nurse or GP who will conduct a comprehensive developmental check.

…And remember there really is no normal when it comes to human development.