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Demonstrate your understanding of an average childs development using detailed knowledge of one child development theory and making links to two of your observations You are expected to demonstrate the usefulness of child development theory for social workers including relevant legal and policy context eg Every Child Matters and the Children Act 2004 You must include how you reflected on anti-oppressive practice in relation to your observationThis essay will demonstrate my understanding of an average child development using detail knowledge of cognitive development theory and linking the theory to two Appendix 1and 2 naturalistic observation of three years old girlChild L in a nursery setting Furthermore the essay will analyse and demonstrate the usefulness of childs cognitive development theory for social worker including relevant legal and policy context and reflect on anti-oppressive practice in relation to how I negotiated the carrying out of the childs observation Developmental norms are the sequential steps through which all children can be expected to progress such as physical cognitive social and emotional development Fawcett M 1996 p15 All children must go through some development to enable them understand and make sense of their world and these processes are of interest to social work practice and other children practitioners in order to carry out their practice Furthermore cognitive development is the broad term to describe the processes by which children grow into adults from a state of extreme dependence in infancy to an independently functioning adulthood Pierson J and Thomas M 2013 p 33This is period of the development of cognitive abilities associated with memory reasoning problem solving and thinking throughout childhood A period of learning skills called developmental milestones during a predictable period In exploring and discussing the childs cognitive development theory two names are sure to pop-up Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky Cognitive development theory was first coined by Jean Piaget 1896-1980 as a biological approach to childs learning through psychological methods He traced the way in which
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