Using an understanding of child development in child care assessments

Course Aim:

To offer participants the opportunity to explore recent research into child development and its application to assessment; taking account of findings from serious case reviews and current research.

Course outcomes: 

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Understand the developmental stages and transitions experienced by children and young people and be able to use this knowledge to appropriately assess and meet children’s needs
  • Understand the way in which the child’s brain develops and how brain development and brain chemistry is affected by close relationships
  • Develop knowledge of language development and its subsequent impact on cognitive development
  • Understand the factors that influence child development, including parenting styles, the environment and the community within which a child is living
  • Reflect on the importance of considering family history and functioning in relation to assessment
  • Develop an understanding of the process of making a professional judgement in the assessment process
  • Practice child observation skills and understand importance as stated in Serious Case Reviews
  • Understand the relevance of this knowledge to the assessment framework and care planning
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of parenting capacity on child development, particularly in relation to substance misuse, domestic abuse and mental health
  • Create a plan to take into the work environment using new knowledge and skills gained.