This interdisciplinary core textbook looks at learning and development from birth to 19 years, and provides an accessible introduction to the common areas of study across the many roles supporting learning and development. There is coverage of common themes and issues, and theory is closely integrated with practice throughout. Chapters cover: physical development, cognitive development, social and emotional development, professionalism, leadership, quality and effectiveness, working with families, safeguarding and promoting well-being, transitions, and equality and inclusion.

Reflection points, workplace activities and professional development planners are all included, and these challenge readers and students to critically engage with theory in their own practice. The book focuses on the key areas of knowledge that all those working with children are required to study, and places them firmly in the context of working together to support children and young people.

Children and Young People's Physical Development

Children and young people's physical development
JaneMelvin and EricaEvans

Chapter Overview

In this chapter we examine growth and motor development and the associated concepts of normative and dynamic development. This chapter also considers the process of physical development and how this impacts on children and young people's overall development, for example the relationship between motor development and cognitive development and the relationship between physical development and body image.

By reading and engaging with the activities in this chapter, readers will:

  • develop an awareness of key terms and concepts such as ‘growth’, ‘maturation’, and ‘motor development’;
  • develop an understanding of the normative and dynamic process of physical development;
  • consider a range of influences on physical development – the relationship between cognitive, physical and social development and how ...
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