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More Wiltshire two year olds reach key development milestones

More Wiltshire two year olds reach key development milestones

Published at 11:22am 5th February 2020.

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Toddlers are tested in five key areas to give parents an insight into how well their child is progressing.

Public Health England data shows 90.2% of children in the county met expectations in five areas: 

  • communication, 
  • problem solving, 
  • social interaction, 
  • fine motor skills (holding objects and drawing) 
  • gross motor skills such as walking without falling and kicking a ball.

The figures are up from 85.9% over the same period in 2018.

Every three months, nursery nurses and health visitors examine thousands of children aged between two and two-and-a-half years old in England to check their mental and physical development, as part of the Healthy Child Programme in the UK.

The latest statistics cover July to September last year, when more than 100,000 youngsters from 128 council areas were seen.

Across England, the proportion of children at or above the expected level in all five areas of development fell slightly to 82.1% in 2019 putting Wiltshire well above the national average.

 

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