Work with babies and young children to promote their development and learning
The different aspects of development:
Physical Development is very rapid during the early stages and babies respond from day one; by six months, babies begin to reach for objects!
Birth to One Year: Babies should be able to sit unassisted by this time and also crawl or bum shuffle. They may be able to stand and move about in this manner with support from people or objects (tables, chairs, etc.) Solid foods are introduced by this stage.
One to Two Years: By this stage, babies are walking, showing curiosity about objects …show more content…
Development and learning are very closely connected. Development is about the general way in which a child functions and depends on physical progress, whereas learning is about cognitive development and involves thought, memory, perception and concentration. Children need to develop certain skills in order to learn new things. For example, babies need to have developed certain balance and muscles before they are able to learn how to crawl or walk – thus learning and development are both part of the same process.
Variations may occur in the rate and sequence of development due to factors such as:
Level of stimulation – Babies and young children need plenty of play, stimulation and exorcise in order to allow their brains to grow and develop. Children may be held back in their learning if they are not offered stimulation to develop or may develop more quickly if they are offered plenty of stimulation and learning opportunities.
Disabilities and learning difficulties – Children with disabilities or learning difficulties may develop at different rates or in a different sequence to other children and should be offered every opportunity to ensure that they are not held back in their learning.
Giftedness – Some children may show promise in a particular area early on in life, such as music, dance or