Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage and is used to develop a child's confidence and ability with number but also to encourage their understanding of shapes, space and measures. It is important children are able to do this in a range of ways including adding and subtracting, using quantities and objects and understanding concepts like weight, position, distance and money.

Below you will find a range of practical articles and expert features that cover mathematics to help you develop these skills and overcome challenges you might encounter. For more information on the EYFS you can download latest version of the statutory framework here.

Latest Practical

Strawberries and cream

Strawberries and cream

  • Ailsa Chapman

Children really enjoyed having strawberries as their universal school free fruit this week and their enjoyment of this wonderful summer fruit led to conversations around what other strawberry related foods they had tried.

Sticky situation!

  • Claire Hewson

Take time to make a tactile exploration of number. Claire Hewson suggests using petroleum jelly, flour and glitter to make slimy tracings and repeating patterns which children can identify and compare.

Messy measuring

  • Claire Hewson

To understand the concepts of weight and measure children need to explore, experiment and get their hands dirty. This becomes all the more relevant when placed in the context of a picture book narrative.

Whatever the weather we play

  • Sarah Neville

There is one thing you can predict about a British summer, it is completely unpredictable! But as we know, with the right assortment of clothes, we go outside come rain or shine.

Mathematics: A for Addition...

  • Paula Hammond and Stephen Lillie

This month, we start a new series based on the maths area of learning in the foundation stage, providing an A-Z of activities that will help children progress while having fun.

Mathematics: B for Balance...

  • Paula Hammond and Stephen Lillie

This month, we continue our series based on the maths area of learning in the foundation stage, providing an A-Z of activities that will help children progress while having fun.

Preparing for transition to school

  • Sarah Neville

We hear a great deal about children being ‘school ready’, which sounds like something both very definitive and well documented, but what does this mean for childminders?

Latest Features

Strawberries and cream

Strawberries and cream

  • Ailsa Chapman

Children really enjoyed having strawberries as their universal school free fruit this week and their enjoyment of this wonderful summer fruit led to conversations around what other strawberry related foods they had tried.

Sticky situation!

  • Claire Hewson

Take time to make a tactile exploration of number. Claire Hewson suggests using petroleum jelly, flour and glitter to make slimy tracings and repeating patterns which children can identify and compare.

Messy measuring

  • Claire Hewson

To understand the concepts of weight and measure children need to explore, experiment and get their hands dirty. This becomes all the more relevant when placed in the context of a picture book narrative.

Whatever the weather we play

  • Sarah Neville

There is one thing you can predict about a British summer, it is completely unpredictable! But as we know, with the right assortment of clothes, we go outside come rain or shine.

Mathematics: A for Addition...

  • Paula Hammond and Stephen Lillie

This month, we start a new series based on the maths area of learning in the foundation stage, providing an A-Z of activities that will help children progress while having fun.

Mathematics: B for Balance...

  • Paula Hammond and Stephen Lillie

This month, we continue our series based on the maths area of learning in the foundation stage, providing an A-Z of activities that will help children progress while having fun.

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