This video, by the Department for Education, is primary for nursery or early years teachers but we felt parents and carers may find it useful and use some of the ideas from the video to create a mathematically rich environment at home.

There are seven areas of learning (with 17 EYFS learning goals) and development that are central to the educational programmes in EYFS. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected but we are going to focus on maths. The following has been taken from the DfE Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Up to the age of 5, it is essential for children to develop a strong grounding in number so they form the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically.

Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers.

By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding - such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and tens frames for organising counting - children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built.

In addition, it is important that the curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics including shape, space and measures.

It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes.

Many schools and early years providers use the 'Numberblocks' TV series as a fun and engaging way to introduce basic maths concepts.

**Find out more about Numberblocks**