Explain the difference between sequence of development and rate of development and why the difference is important.
It is important to know the difference between the sequence and the rate of development as it helps to identify the Childs needs during the stages of their school years. It is crucial to plan effectively ensuring the child receives the support they need in the areas they find most difficult in, for example physical development shows a pacific pattern; a baby will learn to hold their head up before learning to sit unaided or a child will learn to walk before they can run. Another example is a child of 4 should be capable of writing their own names and drawing basics pictures such as shapes before moving onto more complex tasks like joining up writing at around the age of 8. It is importance to identify the differences and how each one plays a role in identifying the accomplishments of a child, what milestones have been reached and when. The chart enables to provide a structure or picture that can measure where a child might be in need of support or extension.
Children’s development is continuous and can be measured in a number of different ways.
Although all children will develop at different rates and in different ways, the sequence in which they develop will be roughly the same as they need to have developed one skill, for example walking, before they move on to develop another skill such as running and jumping.
CYP3.1 Outcome 1.1
Development chart from birth – 19 years that cover the following aspects of development:
Physical Development Childs age | Stage of development | Activities/experience to support | New born | * Begins to develop a strong, close bond with main carer | Physical contact with main carer | One month | * Some reflexes are not as strong as birth | CuddlesPhysical comfort | Three months | * Babies may lift and turn head. * Interest in playing with fingers | Hanging