Monitoring Children in Early Years

Student - Lynda Lewis
Assignment PRJ3: Task 3 1). An Explanation of how to monitor children and young people's development using different methods.

How to monitor children using different methods.
A child's development needs to be assessed to ensure that they are developing at and expected rate and in a normal pattern. Frameworks are in place to guide us as are other professionals so that we are aware of the expected milestones and the time they roughly occur in the child's development.
In the nursery setting we use a variety of methods to monitor the child's movement, language and social skills, these techniques help us to detect at any an early stage any deviations in 'normal' development patterns. If a problem is suspected, the severity of that problem can be assessed further and the information gathered   for referral onwards if required to ensure a holististic support system for the individual child.
Narrative Observations - can be performed to assess a child's language skills. This observation is recorded over a short time, noting everything the child says and does at that time.
A Checklist - Can be used to assess gross and fine motor skills, the physical milestone is put in a column and a tick sheet is used   to identify if the child can or cannot achieve the task.
Standardised Tests - Are performed at the beginning and end of school years to assess the child's intellect including gained knowledge in math's, literacy and cognitive development.
Event Sampling - can be used to monitor behavioral patterns, i.e. aggression or major non - compliance. The sampling/evidence consists of a recorded entry with time , date and what action is observed.
Diagrammatic Charts - can be used to assess a child's growth and weight. They can also be shown in a flow chart to show tracking around the classroom.
Parents and Carers -   They are a very good source of information regarding what is deemed normal behavioral patterns for their child. They can provide valuable...