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Full Name …Gemma Steptoe


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Unit/Title …. Understanding development and supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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Assignment 1 – Understanding development and supporting equality, diversity and inclusion.


  a. Explain the sequence and rate of each aspect of development from birth – 19 years


All the way from birth through to 19 years old, children continually grow, develop and learn, they will do this in their own special ways. A child’s development can be measured in many different ways, such as through their: social, emotional, physical and language skills.

Development stages
Children’s development can also be measured by their age ranges; Such as:

Children aged birth to 12 months
    - They will cry to communicate their needs such as,( when hungry, tired or need nappy change).
    - Babies make a coo sound when they are happy.
    - They will smile at you if you smile at them.
    - They will lift their arms to be picked up.
    - They will squeal with delight at things that make them happy.
Babies will try to communicate via babbling sounds. Babbling sounds sound tuneful and last longer.
Children aged 1 to 2 years old
    - They use gestures to communicate e.g. pointing to objects that they would like.
    - Babbling sounds become longer; in between the babbling sounds is the beginning of their first words.
    - Their first words are either “dada” or “Mumu”.
    - Will start to walk independently.
    - They will occasionally wave “bye” to people.
Children aged 2 to 4 years old
    - Will start to form recognisable words.
    - Temper tantrums start due to frustration and lack of communication (terrible twos).