1.2 explain the difference between sequence of development and rate of development and why the difference is important.
The difference between the rate and sequence of development is the order of how development would take place, an example of this is that a baby would have to be able to hold their head up first before they would be able to sit up by themselves without any support. Some children will not follow the sequence of development for example some children may walk before they learn to crawl. Whereas the rate of development is the timeline for the average development of children expected at a certain age for example by the age of one children should be walking but not all children are the same and will develop at their own rate, so the rate of development is just a rough guideline.
Although it is important to know that even though the sequence will remain roughly the same, the development rate could change a lot and many other factors like individual growth patterns, their social background, health, nutrition, and disability or learning difficulties could have an effect on their rate of development. You should always remember that development is often split into different areas but will be connected and linked in some way with one another. So when planning an activity with a group of children of the same age it has to be taken into account that some children will be at the average stage, above average or below average stages of development and will not be at the same sequence of development, knowing this information it will have to be taken into consideration when you look at all of the children’s abilities and needs and how you can meet their needs.