CYP Core 3.1
3. Understand how to monitor children and young people’s development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern.
3.1 Explain how to monitor children and young people’s development using different methods. In order to work effectively with children and young people, we must be able to assess their development and then plan to support them. Assessing children and young people has to be done sensitively and accurately. Before assessing children one should always gain permission from parents or those responsible for the child. Observations of children should be stored carefully in order to maintain confidentiality. Sometimes it is not always possible to record observations as the child may be upset, therefore one should ask if he/she would like to leave an assessment for another day. It is important that one should assess children’s development reliably. Sometimes the behaviors, skills and interests that children show are dependent on their ethnic, cultural or linguistic background. E.g if a child who does not want to take part in the story of the 3 little pigs may not feel comfortable because he/she associates pigs with being unclean. If the child you are observing have disabilities or particular needs you have to take these into consideration when recording the assessment.( http://www.paho.org/spanish/ad/fch/ca/si-childdevelopment.pdf ) It is important that when recording observations one should be accurate because inaccurate assessments can actually harm children’s development, especially if they lead to adults underestimating a child’s potential. Monitoring the development of children in their early years is of utmost importance, since this a crucial stage of life. In order to ensure that a child attains his/her full development potential, it is essential to understand normal child development and the factors that can affect the process. For this reason, it is important for a child to be followed not...
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