Outcome 1 Understand the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth – 19 years.
1.2 Explain the difference between sequence of development and rate of development and why the difference is important.
Sequence means that there is a definite pattern to a child developing e.g. a toddler being able to walk before they can run (sequence of development would be the order in which the development happens).
Rate means the speed in which a child develops (rate of development is the speed at which development happens).
It is important to know the difference because as child develops if they achieve this development by sequencing it enables you to plan effectively and at the right time.
When recording the rate of development it helps us to identify any concerns that we may have within the development area, this enables you to further investigate why this is happening. The sequence of development is a process where an event is followed one after the other and achieves a level of succession with a series of changes or growth that a process undertakes normally to improve on that process leading to a matured state. In normal cases the sequence of development depends on pervious events which had happened previously. For Example a baby first starts to roll, thereafter 6-7 months they try to sit, soon after they start crawling using their legs and hands. Next stage at the age of 1yrs they will try to stand holding things, try to walk holding parents hands and finally they reaches a stage of succession where they can walk independently.
Rate of Development It is a quantity of something in comparison with a unit of another thing. Rate of development varies child to child. Each and every child has a different rate of