Assessment and Planning with Children and Young People

Explain why the value of the child-centred model of assessment and planning is important and your role in supporting this.
Child centred assessment and planning is a good way to make sure that the setting is giving the young people attending the best possible chance to develop at their own rate. This is done by observation as it enables you to get to know the individuality of the young person, ensuring that they are well placed and able to plan and all of their individual needs are met. I feel that in my role, observations take place each day through activities and interaction with the young person. Assessing children is an on-going process, routines and activities can also build on information needs and interests. Assessments can also be made by other professionals, including doctors, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, police and foster carers or parents.
Placement plans can give you good background information on the individual child, which you can then assess where the child could need help.   Talking to the young person is paramount and can give you first-hand information on their likes and dislikes. Using merit award charts with realistic goals and targets can help the young person to achieve their goals, which can also help to build their self-worth.
To help gain a good insight to each young person’s needs, direct work can be rewarding as you can recognise any adjustments needed to help them maintain or gain any goals they may have as well as having the opportunity to praise them for any achievements made. It is more likely that a young person will engage in an activity of their choice or something that they have an interest in.