Primed for mathematics

Written by: Penny Webb
Monday, October 1, 2018

Continuing our exploration of the prime and specific areas of learning, this month we focus on the specific area of maths and discuss how we can support the children in our settings.


Once I had finished writing my previous article on literacy, I started to stress about this one. I do not normally stress about writing articles, so why panic about one on mathematics? Simple really – I struggled with maths at school and to this day I do not have a maths GCSE. Despite this, I have managed a household budget, ran a childminding setting, obtained a degree and taught numerous subjects, including childminding accounts.

However, this ‘fear’ of maths is deep rooted, and part of my hesitation is because I do not want to mislead, or promote poor learning opportunities for children. Luckily, I came across a blog by June O’Sullivan, which reassured me that I do understand the mathematical needs of early years children.

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