Physical Development And Child Development

929 WordsDec 29, 20154 Pages
Physical development may be the first thing that parents noticed when their child starts to develop, because it is the more physical and bigger movements for a child and baby to make. Physical development itself is ‘comprising changes in body size (growth) and proportions, the order and acquisition of motor skills, and perceptual and motor capacities’ (Doherty and Hughes, 2009, p.8). This is why parents see physical development first, it is not just the movements that the children achieve it is also how fast they grow, ‘from birth to age 6 months, a baby may grow 1/2 to 1 inch a month and gain 5 to 7 ounces a week’ (Infant and toddler health, 2014, Internet). Physical development is the first section of the EYFS which is why it’s so easy for adults to realise children developing these skills. One of the main theorist to work on children’s physical development is Arnold Gesell. Gesell (1926) came up with the method of observations, to gather information about the child’s development. Which nursery practitioners used today to gather information about all the children’s development because they have to use the holistic approach. Gesell work helped adults to know about observations and how they should use them to know about the children’s milestones. As we have seen there are some factors that can affect children from developing their physical skills, this could be economic factors and environmental factors. Money can affect children’s development because they may not get the
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