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An introduction to supporting early maths in ECE

How to recognise and develop children’s early interest in and enthusiasm for maths in early childhood settings.

Number skills: non-symbolic relations & combinations (comparing and combining sets of objects)

How to spot and check understanding of magnitude comparison and simple arithmetic

Number skills: symbolic (understanding written numerals and number words)

A closer look at rote counting/ordinal relations and numerical identification

Number skills: symbolic relations and combinations (combining and comparing symbolic number representations)

Symbolic magnitude comparison and adding and subtracting quantities using number words or written numerals

Repeating pattern skills

Fixing, copying, extending and abstracting patterns

Spatial skills

Learn how to identify and guide spatial visualisation, form perception and visual/spatial working memory

"Continue with your excellent work. I get feedback that student teachers love it too."

Caitlin, pre-school educator



Developing mathematical skills in early childhood

Key insights from the webinar on early numeracy with Erica Zippert



Supporting early mathematical thinking in ECE settings

Dr Erica Zippert talks about how to support children to explore and develop their understanding of foundational maths skills involving numeracy, patterns, and spatial understanding


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