Editor(s): Maureen M. Black, Atul Singhal, Charles H. Hillman
According to the World Health Organization, the early child period, i.e., from birth to 5 years of age, is considered the most important developmental phase throughout the lifespan.
This period of a child’s life is fundamental in building the foundation for physical growth, development, health, and social and emotional skills. In fact, the first 3 years of life, which include a good portion of toddlerhood, shapes a child’s brain structure in preparation for lifelong learning. The development of fine motor skills, language, and social and behavior skills are all categories that children, particularly toddlers, are seeking to master.