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I need to produce results of an investigation into the development of a child in a care setting. The care setting that I have chosen is a nursery. I was working in nursery for 2 weeks. The investigation is about the child that I have chosen and I gave her a nick name of S in my assignment.

I consider the child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.  

I wrote about a summary of the identified influences on the development of the child, a description of the care services that are been provided to the child, information of the development of the child and information on the relevant legal requirements for the child.

I maintained confidentiality throughout my assignment. I got permission from my placement manager and the child’s parent before writing any information on the child.  

The child that I have chosen is four years of age and she is quite capable and independent. She walks almost like an adult, and likes to hop and jump. She asks a lot of questions like about the way things work in the world. Her height is one meter and her weight is 14 kilogram.

Gross motor skills: she has developed a good sense of balance and is able to walk along a line. She can stand, walk and run on tiptoe. Also she can catch, kick, throw and bounce a ball. She bends at the waist to pick up objects from the floor and also she runs up and down stairs, one foot per step.

Fine motor skills: she can build a tower of ten or more cubes. Also she can copy a building pattern of three steps using six cubes or more. She can hold and use a pencil like an adult. She can draw a figure that represents a person showing head, hands, legs and body. She is also able to spread her hands, and can bring her thumbs into opposition with each finger in turn.

Her intellectual development is good. She can match and name almost all of the colours and she listens to long stories with attention. She counting up to twenty by rote.

She talks about things in the past and the future. Her memory skills are good. For example, she can remember that her grandparents visited several months previously.

She can gives reasons and solve problems. She is always asking questions by using why? When? How? And understanding the answers. She can repeat nursery rhymes and songs, with very few errors. She can state her full name and her parents and sisters name.

Her emotional and social development is quite good as well. She can eat her food without help and also she can wash and dry her hands independently. She is often shows sensitivity to others. She likes to be independent and strongly self-willed. She likes to be with other children and enjoys playing with other kids in the group. She understands the needs of others and the need to share and take turns. She tries to work out what is right and what is wrong.

Sometimes she acts out puppet shows and scenes she has seen on television. She plays role-play games with others. She also enjoys imaginative play, which helps her to cope with strong emotions.

She is making relationship and bonding with me because I’m always around her and talking to her most of the times. She has a good relationship with nursery nurses as well. She listens to them and asks questions.

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There are different kinds of influences on the way children develop. Some of these influences are positive and some are negative. But these are the differences that make people individuals. Some differences are genetic such as eyes colours but there are other differences happen because of events in life. The way that children brought up is important as well because it will influence strongly in their development.

Child development is affected by education, neglect, the food available, communication, health facilities, affection, and opportunities for play, injury (accidental/non C accidental), and the amount of money available, praise, illness, ...

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