” and purposeful attention to the children.“ The first five stages of life are a time of incredible growth and learning. . An understanding of the rapid changes in a child's developmental status:  prepares parents and caregivers to give active Understanding child development is an important part of teaching young children.  to guide and promote early learning that will serve as the foundation for later learning.

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but can occur at different rates. the baby will be able to sit alone. All development happens in the same order.•A new baby cannot hold up his or her head alone. •No baby can learn to walk before sitting up. . •The speech development of a child is affected if the child has difficulties in hearing clearly or if no one talks directly to him or her. All areas of development are linked together. before he or she can stand by holding on to furniture and then eventually walk alone. within a few months. •A child who does not receive love and attention may fail to grow and develop. Development starts from the head and works down the body •This is because control of the spine and central nervous system develops from the top of the head down to the base of the spine. •Failure to meet all of the needs of a baby or child can have serious consequences on his or her development. and then without support. remember that to develop to their best potential. •Finally. Yet. But it is perfectly normal for one baby to walk at ten months and another not to learn this skill until the age of 18 months. •A baby has to hold his or her head up. children need huge amounts of support and guidance from others in their lives. •A baby cannot start to finger feed until he or she can sit up and is developing the ability to pick things up between the fingers and thumb. learn to sit with support.

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STAGES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT: Physical development Motor development Cognitive/Intellectual development Social/Emotional development Language development .

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The issues raised normally regarding child development are: Bruises to children. Problems with feeding &growth Disability Complex health needs Self harm .

it is important to understand the children development patterns and concept in order for parents:  to create a nurturing and caring environment which will stimulate young children’s learning. Each change brings about new abilities. to prepares the children to build upon new abilities that will be needed for each change in a new stage of development.As a conclusion. to provides activities and opportunities for children that encourage exploration and curiosity to enhance children’s overall development. senses and organs.   .  to adapt the periods of rapid change in the child’s size.