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Table 1 Definitions of developmental domains for children aged 36–59 months

From: Feeding, caregiving practices, and developmental delay among children under five in lowland Nepal: a community-based cross-sectional survey

Developmental domains


Literacy and numeracy

A child can read at least four simple, well-known words and know the name and recognise the symbols of all numbers from 1 to 5.


A child can pick up a small object like a stick or stone, with two fingers from the ground, and the mother/caregiver does not indicate that the child is sometimes too sick to play.


A child gets along well with other children, does not kick, bite or hit other children, and does not get distracted easily.


Ability to follow a simple direction to do something correctly, and when instructed to do something, a child can perform it independently.