CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLES DEVELOPMENT
It is very important to recognise and respond to any concerns with child/young person development because children who are not reaching development norms may well require additional support, or help from a professional person, or it could be emotional distress or help at home they need. A child is assessed one it starts nursery this is done by observing the child and writing down your assessment s in a file for each child and then this can be compared to the development norms, a set expectation for children at a particular age. If the child is having problems such as if the child is at the age of 6 and was a happy confident child who socialised well with other kids and had friends, but you come to realise after observing for a few days that the Childs behaviour has changed and seems emotionally different also such as the child is unusually quiet and more withdrawn within the group the child seems to be unhappy and does not want to participate in any activity, there could be a number of reasons for this the child could be feeling very ill, the child could be going through some personal problems at home or the child is being abused, as the child/young adults teacher/assistant it is very important to tell your supervisor about this recent observation and also you can speak to other teachers that might teach the child to find out if they have noticed these behaviours in the child also, once this has been reported then the right steps will be taken according to the schools policies they may need to speak to the Childs parents or in the event of any abuse towards the child a professional such as a social worker will intervene. To elaborate more on this topic I will give an example of a child in a certain situation and how it can be dealt with and how certain circumstances can affect a child/young person’s developments. The child is 7 years old and has moved home in middle the of the academic year which means the child/young...
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