Teaching mathematics to young children in creative ways is made easy with this Second Edition of a wonderful book, which offers the reader clear advice and lots of exciting ideas to use in any early years setting.By showing how to introduce mathematical concepts through play-based activities, Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years is in tune with current thinking about best practice in teaching, and with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and current Numeracy strategy.


The first edition of this book arose out of practitioners' desire to develop playful, creative practice consistent with the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage (QCA, 2000), but which also acknowledged the learning objectives of the National Numeracy Strategy (DfEE, 1999) and the perceived demands and rigours of its advisory three-part lesson. It seemed that the Foundation Stage, a distinct phase of play-based education from age three to the end of Reception, did not appear to sit well with the previously implemented National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy. Teachers of mixed aged early years classes and those teaching Year 1 children were aware that the transition from Foundation Stage to a more subject-specific Year 1 seemed disjointed, bewildering and potentially detrimental (Ofsted, 2004).

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