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Child Development (AO2)

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AO2 There are many different factors, which have affected Jayden's development; these factors are shown below, which state how they have actually had an impact on Jayden's development. The family There are many different family structures. Children can live from a range of family structures for many different reasons. As long as the child is provided with the three most important factors, which are love, care and attention, it shouldn't matter what family structure the child comes from. In the past, a family structure was mostly known for two married parents living with their children in the same home. This has now changed a lot because of the increased proportion of divorces, partners living together without being married, single parents, etc. The family structures include: > Nuclear families - this is when the children and their parents live together. The parents are usually the primary carers for their children. > Extended families - this is when the children live with their parents as well as other family relatives, for example uncles, cousins, etc. It could also be that the children live with their parents, with close family relatives living near by. > Lone- parent families - this is when the children live with only one of their natural parents. > Reconstituted families - this is when the children live with only one of their natural parents and one step-parent. This could also include the step-parent's children, meaning the children would have step-sisters and/or step-brothers. (Neil Moonie, Et Al, 2006) Jayden comes from an extended family. He lives with his primary carers, which are his mother and father and two siblings. However, he is always surrounded by his large family of aunties, uncles, cousins, etc who live very close by to his house. This means that he gets to see them a lot and is always spending time with them. Jayden is 8 years old; he is the eldest child and he has a 3-year-old brother and an 18 months sister. ...read more.


He also visits his local library once a week to read different books. This has a great impact on his intellectual development, as he is able to read a range of books from a service near by. Because of this unfortunate incident or Jayden's sister passing away, they moved house straight away to have a fresh start. Jayden now lives in a new environment where he has built a new life with new friends, leaving old memories behind, although his sister is still in his thoughts. His house is a semi-detached house with a garden. There is plenty to do in his new home and in his area. His house consists of three bedrooms, a toilet, kitchen, living room, conservatory room and a garden. His house is fairly big, the perfect size for Jayden, his two siblings and his parents. He has to share a room with his brother, although this does not bother him as much as having a bunk bed separates them. Jayden sleeps at the top; this is where he can escape from his brother and other pressures that he may be dealing with. He loves his bedroom, as it is equipped with all of his favourite games and electronic items. Generally, the house is very clean and tidy. There is no clutter and every item has its place, which helps prevent clutter. I think this has an affect on Jayden, as he is slightly compulsively tidy and clean; he has been since he was a baby. I think this is genetic, as his mother is like this too. This means that he is always helping his mother with chores around the house. Sometimes he cleans his bedroom and the living room without being told to. There is plenty of room around his house for Jayden to be by himself if he wants some 'alone time' or if he wants to play with his family and friends. ...read more.


The most common way he seeks attention is by answering back to his parents. He will not be aggressive towards them; he would just answer them back to get a response out of his parents. For example, Jayden has been told to put the empty wrapper in the bin. He refuses and says "But it's not mine". This was formed deliberately to seek attention. He could have easily put the empty wrapper in the bin, but he wanted some attention and therefore fought back. Sometimes Jayden lies to his parents when he is scared of getting into trouble. Jayden's parents always encourage Jayden not to lie and explain to him that lying is dishonest, and by doing so, bad things will happen. Jayden understands this but still feels the importance to lie to prevent him from getting in trouble at times. Jayden only lies when he fears punishment. This could be the parents' fault as they should try and speak to Jayden calmly about what he did wrong, instead of punishing him every time. By making Jayden understand what he did was wrong, it could stop him from making the same mistake twice. However, by Jayden getting punished for his bad actions, he has not learnt anything from it as he is used to being punished. Therefore, he will continue to make the same mistakes. This will affect Jayden emotionally as he will always be confused and punished for his bad actions. If the parent were to make Jayden understand, he would feel less confused, enabling him to stop that bad action. Evidently, developing Jayden's emotional skills to feel happy and less confused. He will also feel that he can develop his social skills more from speaking to his parents about his bad actions. (Neil Moonie, Et Al, 2006) I have created a table for each developmental milestone, comparing the norms to Jayden's actual age of reaching the milestones. I also commented on the differences between Jayden's developments to the actual milestones. There are five different tables created, which is shown in AO1. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Child Development ...read more.

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