Support Teaching and Learning in Schools, level 2
Loughton 24th November 2014
Child and Young Person Development
“Child development is not a matter of a single topic, but progresses somewhat differently for different aspects of the individual”. (Wikipedia, Child development)
Children and young people’s development is not just a single issue. It encompasses the whole range of interactions between adults and children and between peers and includes the social, cultural and family factors that may influence how a child’s development progress. Obviously young children will take time to develop their skills and there will be many errors along the way in their development. That is why it is important to know that child development is a complex range of aspects, factors and influences.
As a Teaching Assistant you need to be able to support learning and development of all children as this is your main focus of your role. In order to deliver your support you need to be able to recognise and name the main stages of child and young person development. When working as a Teaching Assistant you could support a whole group of kids, a class or support individuals. Therefore accurate observations and assessments are necessary to enable you to understand all areas of pupil’s development. Although all children and young people are different and develop at own rate there are development charts created, that indicate specific ages to help teachers and teaching assistant to understand the basic patterns of children’s and young person’s development ( Kamen, 2010).
Kamen (2010) also states that the stages of development of 0 to 19 years for each age range, are divided into five different aspects:
Emotional and behavioural
And age ranges are as follow:
0 to 3 years
3 to 7 years
7 to 12 years
12 to 16 years
16 to 19 years
Aspects of Development
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