Child Development

Child Development 0-19 years

Social, Emotional and behavioural Development

0-1 years
-1 month - Alert, gazes intently at carers
- 4 months - Smiles, engages with carer
-8 months - begins to alter behaviour to carer’s ‘cues’. Very interested in all around him/her. Knows the difference between familiar and unfamiliar people. Begins to show ‘stranger anxiety’
-1 year - Wants to explore but needs to stay close to main carer. Shows definite emotions and begins to be aware of the feelings of others. Begins to show signs of being able to enjoy own activities and will play on his/her own.

18 months - 2 years
Experiments with aggressive responses to disliked things and separation anxiety lessens. Seeks adult approval and comes when called. Communicates feelings with words and gestures.

5-7 years
Still on emotional roller coaster at age 5-6 but can become more settled. Often very engrossed in activities. Can fear such things as ghosts, strange noises and things ‘under the bed’. by age 7 children worry about being disliked.

7-9 years
At this age there is a clear difference in the play activities that interests boys and girls. They co-operate more in play and develop stable friendships. Children of this age will be developing their persuasion and negotiation skills and will have verbal arguments. They will enjoy chatting together and telling jokes.

13-19 years
Being with friends is likely to be more important than being with family. Young people will have hard choices to make mainly amongst their ‘friends’ peer pressure may cause fall outs and wrong choices. Drugs and alcohol may play a part in those ‘choices’ resulting in bad behaviour or maybe even bullied. Extra caution will be needed when using internet as vulnerable young people could be targeted by internet groomers. Boyfriends/Girlfriends could play a big roll in a young persons life and safe sex will be need to be addressed.
Young people who don’t have a group of friends are likely   to feel...