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Thinking and Learning About Mathematics in the Early Years

1st Edition

By Linda Pound


120 pages

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How can early years practitioners help young children to become not only numerate but aspiring mathematicians who love numbers, shapes and mathematical comparisons?

The introduction of the Foundation Stage has led to practitioners seeking ways to teach maths which are more in line with the creative and playful ways young children learn other subjects.

Linda Pound draws on current thinking about children's mathematical development to show how you can encourage and enhance the numeracy skills of any child in the early years by linking maths to every-day life situations and making it a playful and enjoyable cross-curricular activity.

This highly practical and engaging text includes chapters on:

  • why maths is often seen as 'hard' and what practitioners can do to help young children be more successful
  • exploring shapes, space, measures and patterns
  • how to make maths more fun and playful, using games, humour, stories and rhymes
  • using music and dance to enhance mathematical understanding
  • encouraging children to see the connection between maths and everyday experiences through, for example sorting, matching and guessing
  • creating an environment for mathematical development, indoors and out

Concluding with a chapter on how practitioners and parents can become more confident in their use of maths, this user-friendly text, packed full of ideas, is essential reading for practitioners in any early years setting. Students on Early Education courses will also find much here to inspire them.


'Practitioners, particularly curriculum developers in the field of early childhood mathematics education, will benefit from reading this book.' - CHOICE

About the Author

Linda Pound is an Early Years Education consultant and a regular contributor to Nursery World.

About the Series

Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners

The books in this exciting new series have been written to closely mirror major modules in the GNVQ in Childcare (levels 1 & 2). Packed full of illustrations, practical ideas, support and advice, this series addresses the key issues arising from working in today’s nursery and school environments.

Benefit from the experiences of our highly qualified authors to help you captivate and inspire the children in the early years of their education.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten