Maths is an important part of learning in the early years. It is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each specific area is divided into Early Learning Goals, for maths these are:
Numbers - children learn to count and the value of numbers, higher and lower. These skills support them to solve problems, use money and calculate more or less.
Shape, Space and Measure - these skills support children to understand size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money and compare quantities, objects and solve problems.
Stories, songs, rhymes and games that have a mathematical content help children understand number systems. Play and practice using numbers together. Using your fingers or having objects that the children can see and touch will help too.
Below you will find a range of practical activities that help your child to develop their mathematical skills.