Influences that can affect a Childs development
Children's development can be influenced by many factors including: •
the environment in which they grow up in
All of these factors will have an impact on different areas of development; these factors need to be looked out for so if a situation arises you are aware of what to do.
Pupil’s backgrounds and Family environment
Every child will come from a different family environment, culture and circumstances. There are a lot of families that will experience extreme changes and the school may not be informed that the child is going through something at home (for example; parents splitting up, moving house, bereavement etc) These can affect the children emotionally, their intellectual development and their behaviour due to the atmosphere at home and with family members.
Children who suffer from poor health or a physical disability or impairment could then be restricted in their development opportunities (for example; for a child who suffers from a physically disability or impairment, they might not be able to join in with certain activities that other children can carry out easily, i.e. PE lessons) As well as it affecting the child's learning it may also restrict social activities. Emotional development could be impacted depending on the child’s knowledge of their own needs and for these reasons it is important that the adults in the school are fully aware of the circumstances so that the right support can then be given.
Poverty and deprivation
These are very likely to have a large affect on the child’s development. Children that are from a deprived background and come to school are less likely to achieve as well as a child that is not from a deprived background (this is shown by statistics) as parents from a deprived background tend to find it more difficult to manage their specific needs which in turn will affect areas of development this in turn...
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