2.1. Describe with examples the kinds of influences that affect children and young people’s development, including: * Background * Health * Environment
Children will come from a diverse range of backgrounds including family environments, cultures and circumstances. A child is at school from a very young age to late teens and during this time many families will go through significant changes, such as: divorce, new sibling, losing a parent/grandparent, illness, moving house or school or even moving country – sometimes however schools may not always be aware of these changes. Any one of these happenings may affect their emotional and or intellectual development, this in turn can affect their behaviour in school and therefore their ability to learn.
Feeling included is hugely important to every school child, if an illness or medical condition starts to affect a child’s ability to join in at school this may have a huge effect on that child and how they develop. Often children who are suffering health issues may be less able to participate in some activities than other children – whilst this initially might affect their physical development in turn it may damage their social activities, for example on the playground or in team sports. This can also affect the emotional development of the child as they may feel pushed out and excluded as well as feeling different, this is where teachers and adults in school can be supportive and make sure that they are included as much as possible.
Pupils who come from a deprived state or who live in poverty are more likely to have significant difficulties in school as statistics show that they are less likely to thrive and achieve well. This is because parents will find it more difficult to manage their needs, which will then have an impact on areas of their development, for example, they may not be