Explain the difference between sequence of development & rate of development & why the difference is important.
1. What is meant by “sequence” of development?
Sequence of development is when there is a define pattern to a child’s physical development. A baby may start their physical development with rolling over & crawling, another may sit up and walk missing out the rolling over and crawling. For an activity plan for a child to develop order of sequence I ask them to think of numbers one to five and ask them which number comes first, second and so on until the last number. When we made our jam sandwich I drew the directions in order of sequence for the children to understand they then recited this back. The children are 3 half years old in my care. Strengthening their hand muscles by using blocks to build towers and use play dough. Gross motor skills are the muscles that are needed for larger movements of the body such arm and legs ( used for crawling and jumping). Activities for a toddler to help with balance they can balance on one leg to the other, hand and eye co-ordination they can throw and try and catch a ball. Infant can be placed on their tummy and colourful toys can be injected to their eye line to help them reach out and want to explore their environment. For fine motor skills the muscles are used for smaller actions such as grasping an object between a child’s thumb and finger. Placing objects in a container and asking the child to reach into it and take out the objects then to put them in again. A use of a thick crayon for a toddler to scribble with to increase finger control. Motor skills normally develop together as most activities depend on co-ordination of gross and fine motor skills. They develop over a short period of time in children but all children reach development milestones at their own rate.
2. What is meant by “rate” of development?
Rate of development is the speed in when it happens. One child will...
Bibliography: Penny Tassoni, Kate Beith , Kath Bulman , Sue Griffin, series consultant Maureen Smith, Children & Young Peoples Workforce Early Learning & Childcare. Published 2010 Heinemann Level 3 Diploma.
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