Early mathematics is an important part of the Early Year’s Foundation Stage. It is down to practitioners to fully embrace this area of the EYFS and promote mathematics throughout the learning environment. As mathematics is a specific area of the EYFS, it means that it is more commonly focussed upon with children aged 3 and above, however, it is best practice that practitioners actively promote mathematics around the younger children as well as the older ones. There are various approaches that practitioners can follow to promote development in mathematics, experts have suggested some are more useful than others. Whichever method is chosen it should all be promoted through play based learning. Gaining those mathematical skills will help later on in life, and it is important that simple maths skills suggested by the EYFS are met before a child turn’s 5.
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