Schoolies, Aged 6-10 years
Generally, a healthy child will follow their own individual growth curve, which corresponds to their age and height and weight. It is important to remember that each child is different and not to compare your child with their friends’ growth and development.
The World Health Organization has growth charts, which you can find below.
In general terms you can expect to see these key milestones when your child is between 6 and 10 years old
- Children aged 6-10 years usually grow in spurts, averaging about 3 kg and 6 cm each year1.
- At 6 years old, your child’s social development will become stronger as they hold friendship in high regard. They reach an important stage of their cognitive development as they learn to read and write2.
- At age 7, your child might be able to write stories and read longer books. Around this age, children begin to develop strong likes and dislikes2.
- At 8 years old your child will be more self-sufficient that ever. They should be able to understand the meaning of right and wrong2.
- At 9 years old a child is likely to be interested in activities that require fine motor and muscle skills, including sports, music and crafts. They should be able to work well as a team or in group projects2.
- Around 10 years peer acceptance can become important. Your child might be able to think in a more abstract way2.
- The final growth spurt will begin at the start of puberty, which can happen anytime between 9-15 years of age3.
If you have any concerns please discuss these with your healthcare professional.
WedMD, 2013: http://children.webmd.com/tc/growth-and-development-ages-6-to-10-years-what-to-expect Accessed 7th April 2017.
British Council, 2013: https://learning-development.britishcouncil.org/pluginfile.php/34207/course/section/4478/SD_6-12_stages_of_development.pdf Accessed 22nd March 2017
Medline Plus, 2013: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002456.htm Accessed 7th April 2017.