In each section, we have given examples of the skills we would expect to see emerging in babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. This will enable them to progress through from the building blocks of each core skill (basic skills) through to achieving the simple and advanced levels.
Climbing requires increased balance and coordination to complete daily activities such as climbing the stairs. As this skill develops, children are able to navigate climbing equipment safely and climb down backwards (eg facing the ladder). Keep reading to find out how the skills for climbing emerge and the games you could play to encourage skill development.
Simple clambering over objects on the floor with growing upper body strength
Negotiating small steps and slopes – learning to go down backwards with body close to surface
Climbing playground equipment with ease and ability to safely climb back down
Climb onto an adult chair, turn and sit down. Safely get back down again backwards
Manoeuvre quite safely around a soft play environment, negotiating small steps and slopes and learning to go down backwards with body close to surface
Climb easy apparatus at nursery or in the park.
Climb ladders and trees quite well
See what activities can help to support this core skill.