Level 4 Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce

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Unit 10 Understand Child & Young Person Development – L/601/1693 Learning Outcome 1. Understand the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years. 1.1 Explain the sequence and rate of each aspect of development from birth – 19 years. 1.2 Explain the difference between sequence of development and rate of development and why the difference is important. A child’s development will usually follow the same pattern, but the age at which they will reach ‘milestones’ in their development will vary depending on a variety of personal and external factors. All children will develop at different rates, but the sequence of development will be roughly the same. A child has to master a basic skill before they can move on to the next stage, such as rolling over leading to crawling, then to pulling themselves up onto furniture before they can master walking. Teaching practices aimed at child development should seek to simultaneously address each of the developmental areas. To develop to their fullest potential, children need a huge amount of support and guidance from others in their lives; failure to meet all of the needs of a baby or child can have serious consequences on his or her development. A child’s development in the first few years of life is rapid, with milestones being close together; this rate of development slows as the baby grows to a young child and then a young adult. In the first year of a child’s life, health professionals will monitor the rate of development to ensure they are meeting ‘milestones’, are healthy, and are progressing normally. These ‘milestones’ provide a guide to the progression of an ‘average’ child, but are used only as a rough guide, although a significant delay in reaching one of more of them may point to a problem which needs to be addressed. From 0 – 3 years 0 - 3 months Newborn babies

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