286 Pages 72 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 72 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 72 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This fourth edition of the bestselling Mathematics in Early Years Education provides an accessible introduction to the teaching of mathematics in the early years. Covering all areas of mathematics – number and counting, calculation, pattern, shape, measures and data handling – it provides a wide range of practical activities and guidance on how to support young children’s mathematical development. There is also guidance on managing the transition to KS1 and a strong emphasis throughout on creating home links and working in partnership with parents.

    This new edition has been fully updated to incorporate the latest research and thinking in this area and includes:

    • why mathematics is important as a way of making sense of the world
    • how attitudes to mathematics can influence teaching and learning
    • how children learn mathematics and what they are capable of learning
    • how technology can support maths teaching
    • maths phobia and the impact society has on maths teaching
    • material on sorting, matching and handling data
    • the importance of educating about finance in today’s world
    • ideas for observation and questioning to assess children’s understanding
    • examples of planned activities
    • suggestions for language development
    • assessment criteria.

    This textbook is ideal for those training to be teachers through an undergraduate or PGCE route, those training for Early Years Professional Status and those studying early childhood on foundation or honours degrees, as well as parents looking to explore how their young children learn mathematics. This will be an essential text for any early years practitioner looking to make mathematics interesting, exciting and engaging in their classroom.

      1. Learning mathematics in early years settings  2. Planning, organising and assessing for mathematics  3. Number and counting  4. Calculating and problem solving with number  5. Pattern  6. Shape and space  7. Measures: making comparisons  8.Sorting, matching and handling data


      Ann Montague-Smith was formerly Principal Lecturer in Primary Education at University College Worcester, UK.

      Tony Cotton was previously Associate Dean and Head of Education at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. Since 2012, he has been working as a freelance writer and education consultant. Tony has over 15 years’ experience teaching maths education and 10 years’ experience teaching mathematics in schools.

      Alice Hansen worked extensively in England and abroad as a primary school teacher, Principal Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education, author and consultant before becoming the director of Children Count Ltd, a highly successful educational consultancy business.

      Alison J. Price is a former Principal Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

      Ashley Compton, Bishop Grosseteste University, UK

      This is a very good book which has a good grounding in theory, explains concepts clearly, has a wealth of practical ideas for EY settings and considers assessment. I think the Montague-Smith and Price book has the best balance of theory and practice for ITE programmes compared to the competition and would just benefit from a bit of updating.

      Clare Wiseman, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

      The book is very comprehensive and covers all areas of mathematics learning relevant to the early years. It is written in a clear academic style with an authoritative voice. The format of the book makes it easily accessible. I think the new edition could be enhanced by inclusion of examples, suggestions, opportunities for both practitioners and parents of how children’s interest in ICT could be incorporated into mathematical activities, particularly in light of ‘Computing’ being included in the current (2013) National Curriculum.

      Louise Anne Wormwell, Newman University, UK

      A very thorough and easy to read guide to maths teaching and learning in the early years. I enjoyed reading it and can see how it will greatly benefit my students in a curriculum area where they often lack confidence.


      Susie Weaver, Principal, Wallscourt Farm Academy, UK

      Overall I think this is a useful book and would support a range of professionals in understanding and further exploring children’s early mathematical development.

      There is a good balance of theory and practical. The illustrations really help to bring to concepts to life and set the book within the context of everyday practice, which is key to this being a well-received book within settings. Yes, I have read through all chapters and I feel that the book would benefit from being updated so that it reflects the current national context. Since this version of the book was written, much has changed within the national context in terms of mathematics, which has had a bearing on the practice of maths. Yes, definitely [to publish] – I think this is a really valuable text and would really benefit from an updated version as above.