GCSE: Child Development

Meet the team of inpirational teachers who mark our essays

find out about the team

Join Marked by Teachers to get help from over 80 teachers and 180,000 essays

812 GCSE Child Development essays

  • Marked by Teachers essays 30
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 33
  1. Marked by a teacher

    Describe the ideal relationship between parents and children. How do you appreciate your parents and how do they appreciate you?

    5 star(s)

    This can be more prominently observed when two members of the same sex are involved (mother and daughter...) As the age of the child increases, the responsibility of the parent decreases, most probably proportionally, and this has to be observed by the parent. One has to take into consideration that the child's young years are all that he/she has experienced and that although it's existence might only go back as far as a tiny fraction of the parents life, this cannot be understood by the child until a certain age.

    • Essay length: 552 words
  2. Marked by a teacher

    child development - breast-feeding versus bottle-feeding.

    4 star(s)

    It is a thick and rich substance that contains antibodies and protein. Breast milk provides your baby with protein, calcium, vitamins and milk sugars which is the perfect blend of nutrients for your baby. Most women in England choose to breastfeed as there are many advantages for the baby: Breast milk is the only natural food designed for your baby.

    • Essay length: 3071 words
  3. Marked by a teacher

    Health and social care level 2 - Human Lifespan Development

    4 star(s)

    Babies start to recognize their parents, family and friends between the ages of 3 to 6 months old. Language skills are very important as they need to communicate with other people and building relationship with others. They build a relationship with their family members first and then become friends with other people. Childhood (3-11years) Physical Intellectual Emotional Social Children aged between 3-11 start to tie their shoes and can throw a ball and also play football or play an instrument. Children in this age group tend to carry out logical activities and they begin to understand different concepts They begin to become fluent in language and develop a good vocabulary which means they can make sentences and use

    • Essay length: 1260 words
  4. Marked by a teacher

    The principles, stages and sequences of growth and development in children

    4 star(s)

    The five stages of development are infancy, early years, childhood, puberty and adolescence. Infancy starts from birth to one year, early years start from one year to three years, puberty starts from eight to twelve years and lastly adolescence starts from thirteen to sixteen years. A milestone of development refers to the age at which most children should have reached a certain stage of development, for example, walking alone by 18 months, or smiling at 6 weeks. Many children will have reached that stage of development much earlier, but the important thing is whether a child has reached it by their milestone age.

    • Essay length: 1188 words
  5. Marked by a teacher

    The age group I have selected to describe the physical and intellectual and learning development is 3 to 7 years.

    4 star(s)

    Physical Development The physical development stages expected for 3 to 7 years At 3 to 4 years they can steer and pedal a tricycle. At 4 to 5 years they can skip with a rope, can throw and catch a large ball. By 7 years they can balance on a beam and hop on one foot these are the gross motor skills which are skills involving movements of children between 3-7 years old, which can take quite a lot of co-ordination.

    • Essay length: 646 words
  6. Marked by a teacher

    Describe the expected stage of social development of children aged 4 years. Describe ONE suitable method of observing and recording the social development of children aged 5 years.

    4 star(s)

    Written Narrative - Naturalistic. This method is used when what is seen and heard are happening naturally, the observer noticing what the children are doing something when the observer is not directory involved. This method describes the process of looking, listening and taking notes. It tells the story as it happens. This type of observation is good for social development because it shows how the children interact with one another it also shows the relationship with other children. * Explain ONE advantage and ONE disadvantage of this method of observing children D4.

    • Essay length: 1687 words
  7. Marked by a teacher

    How Daily Routines can help to support children(TM)s care and all round development for 0-3 years.

    4 star(s)

    How a welcoming routine supports a Childs development A welcoming routine is very important as it makes the child feel loved and wanted. Ways in which this could help them develop are: Physically- hand eye co ordination, when they hang their coat. Intellectually- remembering their marker on their coat peg. Language- talking and welcoming their teacher and even just being able to recognise their name. Emotional- this could be when they leave their parents as it might make then feel sad, or sometimes happy.

    • Essay length: 580 words
  8. Marked by a teacher

    child study visit

    4 star(s)

    Observations When Sam found out that we were going to the park she got really excited. As soon as we got there she immediately ran over to the swings and she needed me to start her off on the swing by pushing her once and then she used her legs to make her keep moving. After about two or three minutes she wanted to get off the swing and she asked me to get her off because the swing was a little bit high as her feet didn't touch the floor when she sat on it.

    • Essay length: 670 words
  9. Marked by a teacher

    Child Development - Child Study

    4 star(s)

    Social development is about how the child socialises with other children and adults during play and learning activities. I will observe how he reacts to things like losing in games, taking turns and communicating with others. Social development also includes personal skills for example, washing, using toilet-flushing and wiping. Also the use of good manners by saying please, thank you and excuse me. In this part of my study I will be observing how he communicates and gets involved with children and adults and also how he joins in with the activities.

    • Essay length: 9536 words
  10. Marked by a teacher

    Compare and contrast the development theories of Piaget, Bruner and Vygotsky

    4 star(s)

    Vygotsky's theoretical framework is that social interaction plays a fundamental role in the development of cognition. He believed that cognitive development is a result of others transmitting rules and norms to children. Every function in the child's cultural development appears twice, first on the social level, and later on the individual level. First between people (interpsychological) and then inside the child (intrapsychological. This applies equally to voluntary attention to logical memory, and to the formation of concepts. All the higher functions originate as actual relationships between individuals (Vygotski, 1978, page 57) An example of this being the pointing of a finger.

    • Essay length: 2222 words
  11. Marked by a teacher

    This report is a personal development plan that shows an evaluation of current skills and knowledge that includes my strengths and weaknesses.

    4 star(s)

    EVALUATION OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE Evaluation is the key stage to the self-development cycle because it enables me to discover whether that development activity was worthwhile, applicable, and if and how my skills or working behaviour as a result. (Kolb argued 1984 -76) 2.1. Technical - course-related Characteristics of learning styles Experiential leaning theorists have hypothesized four basic modes in the learning process. a. Concrete experience (feeling) b. Reflective observation (watching) c. Abstract conceptualization - formation of concepts and generalizations (thinking)

    • Essay length: 1532 words
  12. Marked by a teacher

    How does a child progress from concrete to abstract in the use of the Mathematics Material?

    4 star(s)

    As society evolved, so did the system of enumeration. Our modern day society uses Arithmetic, which are symbols to represent different numbers. It can be said then that counting, calculations and measurement is a social requirement. Dr Maria Montessori used to point out in her lectures that our whole civilisation was based on mathematics. Engineering, navigation, architecture, aeronautics, machinery all depend on mathematical calculations. Government bodies and almost all organizations depend on the collection and interpretation of statistics. Even the human intelligence is graded and given a numerical value, in the form of the IQ level.

    • Essay length: 2128 words
  13. Marked by a teacher

    The nature/nurture debate in childhood development.

    4 star(s)

    Behaviourists argue for nurture, although the potential for learning is innate. The cognitive approach does not completely side with nurture, as it supports the view that the structure of the mental system is innate. The psychoanalytic approach also uses both nature and nurture. The innate, is altered by experience, motivations are driven by instincts. The evolutionary approach supports nature whilst the humanistic approach supports nurture. The social constructionist approach takes the view that society moulds us. (http://www.garysturt.free-online.co.uk...es%20and%20issues/nature%20nurture.htm) Biological theorists try to draw a map for nature's influence on a child's development.

    • Essay length: 2638 words
  14. Marked by a teacher

    Introduction to Child Study.

    4 star(s)

    She has a wide imagination and often pretends to be a teacher using the skills her teachers use at nursery which she as noticed. Mica loves to play along in games with others and amuses herself when alone. She loves to play with her dolls and teddy bears but also likes watching television. Mica's favourite programme is Tweenies, she also likes to watch films, and her favourite is Monsters Inc. She often relays what is happening in the film like when the monster is talking she will say the words before him or when the little girl is about to scream she will prior to it happening.

    • Essay length: 678 words
  15. Marked by a teacher

    The aim of this observation is to observe a two year old child to see how the child interacts With other children.

    4 star(s)

    free description, time sample) The method I have used to do my observation is free description. I have chosen this method Because I think a free description observation is the easiest way to observe a child while they are playing. Note: Confidentiality must be maintained at all times and only necessary information concerning the child and family should be included. Parental permission must be sought for photographs or other material which might identify a child or their family. 5. Observation: Elliot is holding a green car in his left hand while putting a man in it with his right hand from the draws.

    • Essay length: 1166 words
  16. Marked by a teacher

    Barriers to Communication.

    4 star(s)

    Age Age differences between care workers and their patients and clients can act as a barrier to communication where there is a generation gap that makes it hard for people to relate to each other. For example, young care staff without thinking may adopt a very informal, familiar approach when addressing and talking to older people for whom they care for. It is not unusual for some older residents in nursing homes to object when young, new and unfamiliar staff use their first names or talk to them in a very informal way.

    • Essay length: 1333 words
  17. Marked by a teacher

    Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different family types

    3 star(s)

    4. Learning Skills: In a nuclear family, children usually get far more extensive training in life skills. For instance, mothers usually teach their children relationship skills, like emotional response skills and how to have smooth relations with others, while fathers, in general, teach their children handiwork skills and sports skills, like fixing things around the house or hitting a baseball, as well as how to deal with the world outside. 5. Sharing Responsibility: With two parents sharing the responsibility of raising the children, it enables one parent to take time to pursue other interests or get a rest while the other parent plays or works with the children.

    • Essay length: 641 words
  18. Marked by a teacher

    Stages of adolecence

    3 star(s)

    By late adolecence, many teenagers would have come to appreciate subtleties of ideas and situations and will be able to project to the future. Their capaility to sense what others feel and solve complex situations has improved considerably. But as they are still quite inexperianced in life, even older teenagers may use these newfound skills erratically and may act without thinking. Emotional development- If teenagers could have a reason for being (other than cleaning out the refrigerator and sleeping all day)

    • Essay length: 796 words
  19. Marked by a teacher

    Explain the factors that would lead to suspicion of child maltreatment or abuse

    3 star(s)

    Neglect includes failing to provide a child with food, shelter, basic health care, supervision, nurturing or protection from risks. ⢠risk factors for child maltreatment, which are well recognised. Examples include: â parental or carer drug or alcohol abuse â parental or carer mental health â intra-familial violence or history of violent offending â previous child maltreatment in members of the family â known maltreatment of animals by the parent or carer â vulnerable and unsupported parents or carers â pre-existing disability in the child Other warning signs may include: » Running away from home or being scared to go home » In a young child, not responding to affection or positive attention » Poor self-esteem (for example, when children call themselves bad or say they deserve to be punished)

    • Essay length: 1329 words
  20. Marked by a teacher

    Decsribe a policy in a child care setting concerning confidentiality and the sharing on information

    3 star(s)

    Whether the reason is important or not this information needs to be kept private between the member of staff and the parent as this piece of information was told in complete faith. Confidentiality is key as this is needed to make sure all children are treated equally amongst the nursery but some parts of confidential information needs to be shared for the child's safety such as allergies, so therefore if a child has eaten something which they wasn't supposed to this means all staff know what the problem was and how to overcome the problem in the best way possible.

    • Essay length: 611 words
  21. Marked by a teacher

    Child Study observation - We will bake a type of desert that Zariya enjoys. I will let her look through recipe books to choose what she would like.

    3 star(s)

    Then we will start to bake and finally get to eat them! Risk assessment: Oven: There will be a risk because of the heat of the oven. Will have to ensure adult presence at all times during the baking and also make sure Zariya's younger sister, aged 1 is not in the kitchen. Observation, how will I record this? I will be using my notebook to record observations of Zariya Baking To start with Zariya and I had to put on some aprons, tie up our long hair and wash our hands so that we were ready to bake.

    • Essay length: 467 words
  22. Marked by a teacher

    The age group I have selected to describe the physical and social emotional development in the age group 3 to 7 years.

    3 star(s)

    Fine motor skills can be things such as turning a page in book one by one, cuts out simple shapes, colours pictures in and is able to join handwriting these are all skills that involve small movements involving the whole hand and wrist such as unscrewing a jar or writing, drawing and making a jigsaw also known as fine manipulative skills. Social and Emotional development for children aged three to five is very important for every child's development in these are being met

    • Essay length: 546 words
  23. Marked by a teacher

    Influences on personal learning

    3 star(s)

    learning for example doing practical lessons in science or any other subject also when something getting explained to them writing note help them understand it better. Some things that may influence the way that I learn for example is teacher that are in schools for example if I was tort by a teacher which always said that my work was wrong and never gave the praise me then that could affect the me by not trying my hardest in that lesson or the I could just stop doing that lesson.

    • Essay length: 847 words
  24. Marked by a teacher

    Development of 4 to 9 years

    3 star(s)

    S/He will be able to draw a picture of a house and will include the garden and sky. Intellectual Development By the age of 6, children often use language as well as some adults. Normally language develops very fast between 2 and 6 years. Between the age of 2 and 7 years, most of the children learn to count and to explain how much things weigh. Language Development At round two years of age most children have started to speak, using two word phrases such as 'Melissa park', meaning Melissa wants to go to park.

    • Essay length: 458 words
  25. Marked by a teacher

    child development visit 1

    3 star(s)

    Aims and Planning My aim is to focus on Richards's physical development. I am going to be looking at his gross and fine motor skills. I will also be watching his sensory skills by reading to him and asking him to identify words and pictures. There are many activities which I can monitor Richard's Physical Development. Expectations For gross motor skills Richard should be able to: 1. Run up and down stairs, one foot per step. 2. Stand, walk and run on tiptoe. 3. Walk with a good sense of balance. 4.

    • Essay length: 547 words

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • "For both Rousseau and Wollstonecraft, childhood represented a crucial phase of self-development. Discuss this aspect of their thought."

    "In conclusion it is clear to see from both Jean-Jacques Rousseau's and Mary Wollstonecraft's writings that they both believed that childhood was a crucial phase in a person's self-development. It was important for them to try to relate their beliefs to the general public which is why they emphasise it in their books, and also the reason that they write about it so successfully is because of their own personal experiences in their own childhood which seems to have provided them with a solid base to work upon in their adult life."

  • This assignment will discuss and critically analyse maternal welfare, observing the effects of alcohol on the growing fetus.

    "To conclude, the health status of a human being at whichever point in their lifetime is determined by the associations of numerous influences, for the most part arising from their biology, their social and economic circumstances, their own psychology and behaviour, and the occasion of 'random' actions. A number of these influences were active only for a short time in that individual's earlier developments, but they have left permanent damage to the child. The condition of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and its effects is just not widely known to people in this country so it is important that awareness is raised. There currently is no way to predict which babies will be damaged by alcohol; the safest course is not to drink at all during pregnancy this will optimise your chances of a healthy baby. Furthermore, all women who drink should stop as soon as they think they are pregnant. By developing learning environments that respond to the unique challenges of a child with FAS/E, one can provide an important link in the chain of support needed to assist these children to succeed in the school and in the community."

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the concept of age as a marker for development? Discuss with reference to at least two of the following topics: infant temperament, the development of perception, cognitive development

    "In conclusion, most children do not learn or understand problems and ideals at the same rate. Children react differently to their surroundings and can perform better at certain tasks if that particular task involves something they can relate to, for example, the naughty teddy. This is a major disadvantage when using age as a marker for development as the child may be expected to act a certain way or produce different results than expected. Many of the criticisms of Piaget surround his underestimation of childhood capabilities and also the age at which the cognitive developments are said to take place. There are obviously many advantages to using the age as a marker for development, with reference to Piaget's stage theory. Many developmental psychologists use related age boundaries to discern the developing periods in a child's life. Also, many schools have revised their teaching approach and are now using Piagetian principles in the classroom. (Driscoll 1994). While possibly not wholly precise, Piaget's stage theory nonetheless provides a thorough explanation of the order in which Western children seem to develop and can be used by carers and teachers alike to aid their child's development throughout the different ages of its life."

Marked by a teacher

This essay has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the essay.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the essay page.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review under the essay preview on this page.