Numeracy is the capacity, confidence and disposition to use mathematics in daily life. Mathematics involves understanding about numbers and quantity, operations, patterns, space, measurement and shapes. Numeracy is the application of these mathematical concepts, with skills developing along trajectories from birth.
Early Years Learning Framework
The research supports a number of evidence-based practices for promoting early numeracy in early childhood education and care settings.
Tried and Tested practice guide
Annotated reference list
Using the practice
Evidence-based practices play an important part in extending children’s learning and development in early numeracy. See below some strategies to embed early numeracy in your early childhood and care setting.
Using the practice: early numeracy
Snapshots of practice
Early numeracy practices may look different in different contexts. See below examples of early numeracy with a focus primarily on children 3-5 years.