Level 3 Diploma for Cypw Unit 022

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Unit 22 – Understanding Child and Young Person Development 1.1/1.2 Explain the sequence and rate of development from birth-19yrs. Explain the difference between sequence and rate of development and why the difference is important. Children’s development is continuous, so it is important to look at the sequence and rate of each aspect of development as a way of monitoring their progress. Although children develop in many different ways and at many different rates, the sequence that they follow is understood to be roughly the same. The sequence that children will follow has quite an obvious pattern with the child learning to hold their head up before they can sit, to sit independently before they can stand, to stand independently before they can walk and to walk confidently before they can run. Some children may miss out a certain sequence e.g. they may never crawl, however as long as they are progressing in their development and moving onto the next sequence there is no need for intervention or additional support. The rate of development will vary from child to child, one child may be walking unaided at 10 months old (which would be considered as a fast rate of development) where as another child may achieve this at 24 months (which would be considered as a slow rate of development). By ways of tracking and mapping out a child’s development and using milestones to give an idea of a typical child’s development for a particular age, it is easier to identify if a child is struggling in a certain area of development. This is beneficial to the child if they need additional support. i.e. if a child of 4 has not reached a milestone or shows signs of struggling to reach the milestone in speech, language and communication, therefore they will need additional support from care providers and may need speech/language therapy.
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