Cu1520: Promote Child and Young Person Development

1. Be able to assess the development needs of children or young people and prepare a development plan.

1.1 Explain the factors that need to be taken into account when assessing development.

It is important to consider the age of the child when assessing their development. When following the Early Years Foundation Stage they have different age groups to help guide the nursery practitioner when assessing a child's development. For example, when working in pre-school with children aged from 3 up to 5 the nursery practitioner wouldn't look to assess them looking at the Early Years Foundation stage age group 8-20 months. On the other hand, some children may be underdeveloped over developing quicker so you would also need to consider looking at other age groups if they are not able to follow their age group.

When assessing a child's development another factor that should be considered is the disability that the child may have. When assessing their development it should not be expected that they are following the same development of other children that are in the same room as them.

Children have different needs and factors that are going on in their lives. They may have things going on out of nursery that may affect their development for a period of time. This may also affect the way that they behave, which may make it more difficult for someone to observe their development. When carrying out the observation it is always best to ask them to do the activity so that they can feel comfortable and not forced in to doing something that they don't wish to do. It is also important to consider the daily routine that they are used to. If they are used to having a nap mid morning there's no point trying to get an observation at the same time they are meant to be having a nap as they most likely won't cooperate, therefore, an observation won't be obtained.

1.3 Explain the selection of the assessment methods used.

An observation is used so that nursery practitioners...