North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Self-Care

Goal: Children develop independence in caring for themselves and their environment.

Skill Progression: Dressing

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List of Skills by Age

1-2 Months

Body parts easily manipulated for dressing

2-4 Months

Practices grasping by clutching or pulling at clothing

4-6 Months

Becomes more active and excited while being dressed

6-8 Months

Pulls off hat

Lifts legs for diapering and dressing

8-10 Months

Anticipates adult’s actions and starts to offer arm

Pulls off booties

10-12 Months

Pulls off socks

Holds foot out for shoe and socks

Removes second arm from coat

12-15 Months

Once pants are over bottom, pushes pants off in sitting

Removes mittens

15-18 Months

Tries to put shoes on, usually gets half way

Helps with taking off coat

Lifts foot for adult to put on pants or shoe

Unties shoes

18-21 Months

“Dresses up” in large size clothes that are easier to get on

21-24 Months

Takes off shoes if untied

Helps push/pull underpants and pants down/up

Locates head hole in shirt and pulls it on

Locates a large sleeve hole

24-27 Months

Washes self at bath time

Pulls elastic-top pants over bottom and down

27-30 Months

Tries to put both feet in one leg hole

30-33 Months

Undress independently

Puts on own shoes, but may be on wrong feet

Opens front buttons

Puts on shirt, socks, and coat

Pulls laces tight on shoes

Unties laces and takes off shoes

33-36 Months

Puts on coat independently

Opens and closes snaps and Velcro closures

36-42 Months

Puts socks on with correct heel orientation

Puts on pull over garment

Pulls a zipper up and down

Buttons several large buttons

42-48 Months

Puts loose fitting boots on

Puts on open front shirt

Unbuckles belt or shoes

48-54 Months

Distinguishes front and back, inside out

Orients pants correctly and puts on

Independent with Velcro fastenings on shoes

Buckles belt or shoes

Buttons and unbuttons most sizes of buttons

54-60 Months

Puts shoes on the correct feet

Threads belt through loops

Fastens and zips front fastening zippers

Chooses weather appropriate clothing

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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