3.1 How to monitor children and young people’s development using different methods.
There are many ways to monitor children’s and young people development. The most effective way to check child’s developmental progress is to use a range of sources and different methods. This provides a fuller picture of the child or young person. Three examples of different methods are below:
Observation - children are observed for developmental progress through observation. Observations take place primarily through children’s normal daily activities, their use of language, social interactions with others and work samples that demonstrate learning. Observation involves regular intentional watching of children in a wide variety of circumstances that are representative of child’s behaviours and skills demonstrated over time. There are many different ways in which observations can be conducted. Some observations require that the observer does not interact with children, while in others, the observer acts as a participant. In early years settings observations play a key part in assessing children’s development and are linked closely to planning.
Assessment frameworks- in education there are specific frameworks against which children’s development is measured – particularly in terms of academic performance. Good example of it is the EYFS profile. It is a comprehensive framework which sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.
Standard measurements – there are some standardized assessment methods which are used by a variety of different professionals. These include auditory assessments, health assessments – including height, weight and head circumference measurements and tests carried out by educational psychologists.
Explain the reasons why children and young people’s development may not follow the expected pattern.
There are a number of factors that may...