Children and Young Peoples Workforce - Early Learning and Childcare Assignment 1

Level 3 Early Learning and Child Care (Stage A)
Assignment One
Task 1.1
All children develop at different rates. The sequence in which they develop will follow a similar pattern because they need to have developed one skill before moving onto another, for example, crawling or shuffling before walking.
As a guide, development is broken down by age and into the following areas:
  * Physical
  * Social and Emotional
  * Intellect
  * Language
Physical Development 0 – 6 Months
By six months of age a child should turn their head towards sound. They will smile at familiar faces and be able to hold their head steady. They will also reach for objects and reach for their feet when laid on their back.
Physical Development 6 – 12 Months
Between 6-12 months a child will begin crawling or shuffling and will be able to roll from their front onto their back. They will be able to stand whilst holding onto furniture, they can transfer objects from hand to hand and respond to their name.
Physical Development 1-2 Years
Between the ages of 1 and 2 a child will be able to sit unaided, use push/pull along toys to walk and start walking unaided. They will wave goodbye and shake their heads for “no”. They will be a lot more independent with eating and drinking and will use a drinking cup with both hands and will enjoy using a spoon and eating finger foods. You may notice that they start to show a preference for using one hand and they will begin pointing at things. They will bang bricks together and build small towers.
Physical Development 2 – 3 Years
At this stage a child will begin throwing and kicking balls. They will be building bigger brick towers and scribbling with pencils. They will enjoy experimenting with pouring liquids.
Physical Development 3 Years
By three years old a child’s climbing skills will have improved and they will be able to walk up and down stairs. They will be able to catch a gently thrown ball and thread beads onto laces.