Explain how children and young people's development is influenced by a range of personal / external factors:

Children develop broadly in the same sequence; babies will learn to roll over before they learn to sit up. Children will learn single words before they can put two or three together in early sequences.
As a childminder I must have a good understanding of normal child development so that, I can carry out observation and assessment effectively. As a childminder I must evaluate the individual children’s development by making comparisons between an actual developmental stage and the expected development rates.
I can help by offering appropriate activities and experiences for individual children and can anticipate the next stage of a Childs development.
This allows me to provide experiences and activities that will both interest and challenge the children to stimulate their development.
I will notice when children are not progressing as expected and although children develop at different rates, significant delays or many delays in several areas may be an indication that children need intervention or extra support.

Development occurs in response to the experiences that individual children have from the time they are born onwards. A good example of two factors is nature and nurture. Studies have shown that babies all over the world make coos, gurgles and other sounds that are similar. The potential to speak and a common ability to make pre-language sounds would be down to nurture. However, children learn to speak the language they grow up with, this is down to nurture.

Personal factors:

Parents and other adults can influence children’s development. Parents in particular are extremely important in children’s lives. This is why in early year’s settings; practitioners use designed policies to work in partnerships with parents/carers, most parents/carers do a good job of nurturing and providing for their children, but for a number of reasons, some...