The needs expressed by your child change with age.
3 to 5 years
Between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, contact with you is still important, but less critical.
Your child becomes more independent and begins to explore further.
Your child is less anxious when separated from you for short periods of time and may be left in the company of an adult that he likes, but doesn’t like being left alone.
He learns to make new friends and to play with them. Friendships with other children his age are very important.
As he can now talk, he can voice his feelings. Your child may continue to use non-verbal expressions, such as visual contact and emotions to communicate his needs.
He wants to take part in planning activities and projects that involve him.
Note: Your child is learning to socialize and is developing his sense of autonomy. He spends more time with other adults and playmates. He is beginning to understand that you have activities and projects of your own and can negotiate with you.