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Produce a child development assignment (SPICE FILE)

This assignment relates to a child’s development in regards to the five categories that it is made up of: - Social, Physical, Intellectual, Communication and Emotional. (S.P.I.C.E). All children and young people are different and may go through the levels of development at different rates. This happens for different reasons which include a child’s hormones, how the child is cared for, the quality of training that is being provided etc. For example the age at which a child is potty trained can differ depending on the child’s knowledge and understanding of the training given by the parent/carer. Also the age at which a young person goes through puberty. This again differs but for the reason that it is dependent on the child’s hormonal features and when they develop. However a child’s sequence of development stays the same due to the fact that a child will learn to crawl before they begin to walk, yet the rate at which children learn to do these skills all differ. A child’s development is holistic. This is because holistic development sees the child in the round, as a whole person developing all the skills that make up S.P.I.C.E. Learning about child development involves studying patterns of growth and development, from which guidelines for ‘normal’ development are drawn up. The purpose of holistic education is to prepare children to meet the challenges of living as well as learning. Holistic education believes it is important for young people to learn about themselves, about healthy relationships and pro-social behaviour, social development and  emotional development. It is all about the children learning to be humans and growing up. Children can be developing one area but it also affects other areas of development throughout. For example.... * Children who are playing sports such as football, basketball, tennis etc, are developing physically but it also affects their social development by being around other children thus improving their social skills throughout their participation in the sport. * Children who are playing team activities such as action figures, dolls, lego etc are socially improving together but are also improving their communication skills with one another by talking whilst playing in these activities. * Interactive books that are used by children improves their intellectual skills but also their communication skills by learning correct verbal vocabulary from the books that they repeat themselves. * Board games like monopoly and cluedo improves children’s social skills but can cover other areas of development of intellectual and communication areas due to the children communicating with one another throughout the game and intellectually thinking for themselves about how to win the game. * Finally children who read different genres of books develop their emotional skills by reading about the different emotions that are being portrayed within these books, but also develop their intellectual skills by being able to read more fluently and gaining a better understanding of what the books are about. The five areas of development each have different activities for different ages that support the benchmarks to children’s development. Social & behavioural

0-3 years
* Learning to swim (at local swimming centres).
* Learning to share with other children.
* Learning to play with toys with other children.
* A
* A
3-7 years
* Nursery park playtime activities.
* Group games e.g. Football
* Musical Chair games/activities
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* A
7-12 years
* Board games (Monopoly, Jenga).
* Football team (competitive play).
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* A
* A
12-19 years
* Computer games (PS3, Wii, Xbox).
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* A
* A
* A
Physical
0-3 years
* Baby Gyms.
* Baby walkers.
* A
* A
* A
3-7 years
* Bouncing balls, running, throwing and kicking balls.
* Riding a bike (with...
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