Understand the Potential Effects of Transitions on Children and Young People

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Unit 201 Child and young person development

Outcome 3: Understand the potential effects of transitions on children and young people

3.1 Identify the transitions experienced by most children and young people
3.3 Describe with examples how transitions may affect children and young people’s behaviour and development

Under each heading, explain how each aspect may impact on a child’s behaviour & development, giving examples.

• Puberty:

Puberty is a major transition that all children at some point, will have to go through. It can be a difficult time for both sexes emotionally, socially and physically. Behaviour will change and so will their physical appearance, which may cause them to feel insecure, especially if they are
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Not all children are comfortable with having male teachers, especially in the younger years, as some male teachers are not so sympathetic and may seem a little stricter. This can be quite scary for some children, especially if they come from a one parent family where the mother is the sole provider and they may not be used to a man. Also, more is expected of the child in this new year. If the move is from Reception to year 1, then the child will have to get used to a more structured day, where the emphasis is not so much on play, but more on lessons. They will be expected to sit and listen for longer and behave in a more responsible manner. Setting an example to the younger years.
Some schools have separate infant and junior sections, others have different schools, some are still all located in the same building. If a child is moving from infants to juniors this can be quite a big transition emotionally. If they are moving to a brand new school, they will have the anxiety of being the youngest children in the playground again and may be worried about mixing with the older children. They will also have to get used to brand new teachers, as well as surroundings and a completely new way of working. This can take some time to adjust to and while they are adjusting they may become emotionally stressed. They may also become bullied by the older children and this may make them feel isolated and lonely, and be very scared about even going to school. Those children


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