Unit 137: Understand Children and Young Person’s Development (Outcome 1) Understand the pattern of development that would normally be expected for children and young people from birth - 19
Explain the sequence and rate of each aspect of development that would normally be expected in children and young people for birth – 19 years I have put together 3 tables to explain the sequence and rate of each aspect of development.
Unit 137: Understand Children and Young Person’s Development (Outcome 1) Understand the pattern of development that would normally be expected for children and young people from birth - 19 (2)
Analyse the difference between sequence of development and rate of development and why the distinction is important.
When analysing the difference between a sequence of development and rate of development I discovered that a sequence is where a clear pattern will occur within the child’s development. For example a child being able to walk before they are able to run or able to sit up, walk and run but miss out the stages in between such as rolling over or even crawling. I feel a child that develops by sequencing will allow my job role to plan successfully and at the right time.
A rate of development involves more of a time frame associated to the age in which a child will develop. I found an example of this is where one baby may start walking as early as 10 months where another child could take up to two or four months longer. When having to record the rate of development it will help me to identify any concerns that I may have when dealing with the different development areas. I also feel this will allow me to further investigate why this might be happening.
I feel it is highly important to know the difference between sequence of development and rate of development as it could play a big part in identifying a child’s needs. Within my role it is important to plan appropriately and take into consideration the different ages and stages of development. It is important for any team to plan effectively and take into consideration that the child receives any support they may need in areas they find more difficult. (3)
Analyse the reasons why children and young people’s development may not follow the pattern normally expected.
When analysing the reasons why children and young people's development may not follow the pattern normally expected. I found there are many factors that can cause a child or young person’s development to stray from expected patterns. Children with some kind of disability, either physical or mental, will find it harder to learn than other children of the same age. They may need support, such as a different way of teaching, help from an adult, or use of specialised or adapted equipment. Children with emotional problems may also have difficulty learning, concentrating or interacting with others in such a way that it prevents their development along expected patterns. A few reasons why a child or young person’s development may not follow the pattern normally expected are:
Physical development can be affected by many different reasons, one reason may be that a child will have a physical illness, or may have difficulties with physical growth. I established a child or young person may not grow to the size they should be for their age or stage of development and could affect them being a slower learner. I found this could slow down the development process in certain areas such as walking, or even their general movements could be affected. A child or young person could take longer to walk and at a later age or stage than another child. From this happening a child may then take longer when learning to run, jump or climb and at a much later age compared to another child or young person. I currently care for a child who suffers with hip dysplasia. Myself and the nursery team work in close partnership with the parents and accommodate/plan for the child’s...
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