Explain the Value of a Child Centred Model of Assessment and Planning

Explain the Value of a Child Centred Model of Assessment and Planning Child centred assessment and planning is a good way to make sure that the setting is giving the children attending the best possible chance to develop at their own rate. This is done by observation as it enables you to get to know the individuality of the child, ensuring that they are well placed and able to plan and all of their individual needs are met. I feel that in my role, observations take place each day through activities and interaction with the child. Assessing children is an on-going process, routines and activities can also build on information needs and interests. Assessments can also be made by other professionals, including doctors, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, police and foster carers or parents.
Placement plans can give you good background information on the individual child, which you can then assess where the child could need help. Even talking to the child can give you first-hand information on their likes and dislikes. Using merit award charts with realistic goals and targets can help the child to achieve their goals, which can also help to build their self-worth. To help gain a good insight to each child’s needs, direct work can be rewarding as you can recognise any adjustments needed to help them maintain or gain any goals they may have as well as having the opportunity to praise them for any achievements made. It is more likely that a child will engage in an activity of their choice or something that they have an interest in, it is important to work with any outside agency’s so that if the child has any special individual needs they can be supported with these. This is why it is important to complete a weekly planner with the child, this way the child can have an input to their activities and their plans for the week ahead, therefore giving them some form of stability and planning. Assessments can also be made by other professionals, including doctors, social workers, psychologists, support workers, occupational therapists, teachers, police and parents or foster carers.

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