Essay on Child and Young Person Development

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Assessment Task – TDA 2.1 Child and Young Person Development

Task 2

2.1. Describe with examples the kinds of influences that affect children and young people’s development, including: * Background * Health * Environment


Children will come from a diverse range of backgrounds including family environments, cultures and circumstances. A child is at school from a very young age to late teens and during this time many families will go through significant changes, such as: divorce, new sibling, losing a parent/grandparent, illness, moving house or school or even moving country – sometimes however schools may not always be aware of these changes. Any one of these happenings may affect their emotional and or
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Assessment Task – TDA 2.1 Child and Young Person Development

Task 2

2.2. Describe with examples the importance of recognizing and responding to concerns about children and young people’s development.

It is essential that anyone working with children can identify if a child is having problems and might need extra support, this can be achieved through careful observation in the classroom and playground. If, a teaching assistant or adult in school, were to have any concerns about a particular child they should initially go to the class teacher and share their thoughts but it is important that they maintain as much confidentiality as possible and would need to find an appropriate time to discuss this. This should then be brought up with the pupil’s parents in a sensitive way and at an appropriate time, e.g. parent’s evening.

Assessment Task – TDA 2.1 Child and Young Person Development

Task 3

3.1. Identify the transitions experienced by most children and young people.

All children go through phases of transition i.e. periods of significant change that can affect development or behaviour. School education is an obvious example of this, transitions include starting pre-school followed by the transfer to primary school, then secondary school and possibly onto further education. Some may experience changes in their
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