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The Developmental Milestones Tracker for Childcare Professionals

Helps you assess the development of the children in your care: six months to six years

Measuring and monitoring the development and behaviour of the children in your care ensures you are doing your best for each child. 
The ‘six months to six years’ Milestones Tracker is a unique tool to assess children’s development. It was designed by our partners, Do-IT Solutions, who are world experts in child development.  
Do-IT Solutions
Professor Kirby is a qualified GP, who has worked for many years with children, adolescents and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Her interest arose as a parent of a child who has ADHD, Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder (also known as Dyspraxia). She launched an internationally recognized clinical and research centre in the UK. She has a valuable perspective being a parent, researcher and clinician and brings more than 25 years' experience.
Dr Smythe is an educational consultant, specialising in literacy and assessment, who has written widely on dyslexia and technology.
For Childcare Professionals
The Childcare Developmental Milestones Tracker is for any childcare professional who wants to have a better understanding of a child’s developmental stage relative to their age, and who wants some guidance on how best to support that child.
Around one in five children may have a developmental delay or difficulty, for a variety of reasons, which, if identified early, means intervention can be given. This tool can help to check how the child is doing and alert you to any potential delay, which you can discuss with the parents.
If there is any reported delay in their milestones, you can see what stage each child is now and get personalised guidance, depending on their age and stage of development, in the following areas:
Social and emotional
Language and communication
Physical/personal independence skills
Thinking and problem-solving
Remember: If you are concerned at any time about the child’s development, talk to their parent or guardian.
Using the ‘6 months to 6 years’ Milestones Tracker
The Developmental Milestones Tracker asks you a series of question, to assess assesses each individual child’s social, motor, learning and behavioural development (from six months to six years). It takes approximately ten minutes to complete, depending on how the child is progressing.


It then provides an immediate in-depth, personalised report showing what stage each child is at relative to their chronological age. The report also shows any previous results, which provides you with a document you can show to others (especially if there is some concern). 

If one of the children in your care is showing any delay in a specific area, the Milestones Tracker offers practical strategies to help and suggestions for play activities, along with further links on the iChild website.
Accessing the Milestones Tracker
Register on the site, then register the details of children in your care. You can register more than one child, allowing you to monitor all the children in your care. Next you will be asked to pay a one-off fee (Check this fee). This allows you to access the tracker as many times as you like for up to two years. If you renew your subscription after that you can continue to follow your child using the same tracker.
Computer requirements
The system works through an internet browser, and should work on Windows, Apple and Android devices. To be accessible, the assessment has sound files. A reasonably fast internet speed is needed to avoid frustrating waits for downloads. We do not advise you using it on a mobile phone.
The Milestones Tracker retails at £28.99.
We have a special offer for iChild members who are childcare professional (click here for your iChild code).
Per year:
£14.99 per child
£12.99 per child, for 5 children or more
£9.99 per child, for more than 10 or more
Plus a further special offer for PACEY members of £9.99 per child. per year (click here for your PACEY code).
You can now visit the Developmental Milestones Tracker for childcare professionals:
Or go back to the Milestones Tracker article for parents.