Ages 3-6

At this age children are interested in the differences between boys and girls, naming body parts, where babies come from, and friends and family. What areas of the body are private and should not be touched and who they can talk to if they are worried are also important.

Questions to help you understand what children want to learn about are listed in themes below.


  • Who is in my family?
  • How are other families similar or different to mine?
  • What does my family do for me?
  • What do I like about my friend?
  • What does my friend like about me?
  • What can other people do to make me feel good?
  • Who do I look after?
  • Why shouldn't I tease other people?


My body

  • Why are girls' and boys' bodies different?
  • What do we call the different parts of girls' and boys' bodies?


Life cycles

  • Where do babies come from?
  • How much have I changed since I was a baby?
  • How are other children similar and different to me?


Keeping safe & looking after myself

  • Which parts of my body are private?
  • When is it OK to let someone touch me?
  • How can I say 'no' if I don't want someone to touch me?
  • Who should I tell if someone wants to touch my private parts?


People who help me

  • Who can I ask if I need to know something?
  • Who can I go to if I am worried about something?

See questions for other age groups