Milestones by two years old

Milestones by age 2

Your little one will be learning so much by exploring the world around them. Their speaking and listening will be improving all the time. Toddlers can become frustrated when they can’t express themselves, but this is because they’re still learning so much.

Here are some things they may be able to do at this age:


Two-year-olds often like choosing their own activities and games. They might find it difficult to follow rules or advice from a grown up. Using your child’s name when you speak to them can help them listen to you.

At this age, your little one will enjoy simple, pretend games, which often copy real life, like driving or shopping games.


Your child will understand up to 500 different words, even if they can’t say them all. At this age, they will understand a lot more than they can say.

They can understand simple instructions and questions. The number of phrases and words they know will be growing all the time.


At this age, your child will be able to say around 50 words. They might be starting to put two or three words together. As their knowledge grows, they might make more mistakes – this is normal.

They will begin to ask simple questions.

When you talk about something they’re doing, they will be able respond in turn.

Any concerns?

All children learn different things at different times. No two are the same. If your child is doing some of these things, but not all of them, this is normal.

If you’re worried about how they’re getting on, speak to their teacher or headteacher. They should be able to give you some simple ways to help at home.

If you need more help, here are some places which may be able to give you advice:

Talking Point - 0845 225 4071
Afasic - 0845 355 5577
SOS!SEN: Special Educational Needs - 020 8538 3731
IPSEA: Independent Parental Special Education Advice - 0800 018 4016
Contact a Family - 0808 808 3555
I CAN - 020 7843 2544