2.1 Child and young person development
Key points in this unit:
O The principles of child and young person development O The basic patterns of child and young person development O The sequences of development 0 to 16 years O The importance of observing children’s development O The purpose of observation O The basic principles of child observation O Conﬁdentiality O Report ﬁndings O Observation methods O Planning provision to promote development O The planning cycle O Implementing and evaluating plans to promote development O Understanding physical development O Observing and planning to promote physical development O Understanding social and emotional development O Observing and planning to promote social and emotional development O Understanding communication and intellectual development O Observing and planning to promote communication and intellectual development.
The principles of child and young person development
Children and young people’s development is holistic with each area being interconnected. Remember to always look at the ‘whole’ child or young person. You need to look at all areas of their development in relation to the particular aspect of development or learning you are focusing on. For example, when observing a pupil’s writing skills as well as looking at their intellectual development you will need to consider the pupil’s:
Physical development (ﬁne motor skills when using a pencil or pen) Language development and communication skills (vocabulary and structure of language
used during their writing) Social and emotional development (interaction with others and behaviour during the writing activity).
Holistic: looking at the ‘whole’ child or young person e.g. all aspects of the child or young person’s development.
key words It is more accurate to think in terms of sequences of children Sequences: development following the same basic patterns but not and young people’s development rather than stages of...