Contribute to Supporting Childrens Development

Meeting all children and young peoples identified development needs is the next step after taking observations and accessing the children and young people.   It’s important this is carried out so we are able to figure out the children and young people’s next steps which can be challenging at times, when planning for this we all must ensure we refer to the appropriate age guidelines that are set at what the child’s level of learning or development stage they may be at as this will help you help you know what will be appropriate for them.
We will then need to work out how we will then meet each child’s needs e.g.
In my setting there was a little boy who wasn’t strong on his legs and every time he tried to stand up he fell back down, so we set up an activity where we put him in a ‘Walker’ for 15 mins each day so his legs could strengthen, within 2 weeks he was taking steps.

If we plan activities to be able to help children and young people meet their next steps we need to be very imaginative or even base our ideas around what we see the children and young people doing and enjoying because children who find the activities boring will not take interest to them and you will not be able to meet there identified development needs.
However once a child is able to speak they can tell you what they enjoy doing such as; drawing, painting, games, dressing up etc. this is easier for us to plan next steps by watching them to see what will then think they are able of doing.
For the children and young people who have difficulties is slightly harder but we can still communicate by using photographs and pictures so they are able to show us what they like doing and what they would prefer to do.
E.g. in my setting there was a little boy with autism and he was very energetic and didn’t like sitting down so we planned and activity where we could work on this by doing something he enjoyed doing and he stayed focused to the activity for a short period.

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