Core 3.1:1.2

Unit number: CYP Core 3.1: Understand child and young person development.

1.2: Explain the difference between sequence of development and rate of development and why the difference is important.

The sequence of development is the order in which children develop. The sequence is almost always the same for every child. For example a child must learn to walk before they can run.
However the rate at which development happens can vary from child to child. For example some babies can sit unaided at 6 months old but other may not until they are 9 months.
It is important to look at both the sequence and rate of development when observing a child in each area. The sequence is important to enable effective planning for the child’s next steps, but the rate is essential to check if they are developing at an ideal rate or if there are some concerns that need looking into to enable us to provide further support or bring in outside professional agencies. For example we currently have 2 children within the setting who we are currently monitoring on speech development as they are 38 months old and following the EYFS should be using a lot of language and using simple sentences and questions, however, they are not currently in this age group within the EYFS they are currently sitting within 8-20 months. We will monitor them on their tracker sheet and decide next steps and this will allow us then to decide as to when to involve a other professionals which in this case would be a speech therapist.