Cyp 3.1 Understand Child and Young Person Develo

3   Understand how to monitor children and young people’s development and interventions that should take place if this is not following expected patterns
3.1 Explain how to monitor children and young peoples development using different methods

In order to work effectively with children and young people, we must be able to assess their development and then plan to support them.

There are various methods of assessment; one or more may be applied subject to each and every situation.   Some examples are listed below:

• Free Description observation – “Selda notices Jim is sharing the Play dough”
• Checklist and tick chart – “George needs to assess his key group of children in their physical skills.
• Time Sample – Jacob has noticed that Martha has been biting and wants to see how often this occurs.
• Event Sample – Claire wants to find out if Jacob can put his coat on by himself.
• Assessment Framework – Jo needs to complete EYFS profiles on her group of key children
• Asking for information from others such as parents/carers – Leigh speaks to Banu’s parents as she has been very quiet and upset over the last few days.

It is important to speak with the parents and/or carer’s and gain their permission before assessing any child.   Any observation record of a child should be stored carefully in order to maintain confidentiality. Sometimes it is not always possible to record an observation, as the child may be upset, therefore it is always best to check with the child if they would like to leave their assessment for another day.

Sometimes the behaviors, skills and interests that a child shows will be dependent on their ethnic, cultural or linguistic background. For example; a child who does not want to take part in class assembly that is part of a religious festival, may wish to be excluded as it conflicts with the beliefs that they or their family...