Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.6: Develop emergent mathematical skills of children
Learning outcome: Understand how opportunities support children’s emergent mathematical development
Assessment criteria: Explain strategies to support the development of emergent mathematical development in relation to current frameworks for children from birth to 7 years
Emergent mathematical development is an important concept that refers to the natural learning process of children between birth and 7 years old. This type of learning occurs through play and exploration, as children gain a better understanding of the world around them. In order for this to happen, educators must create environments that will foster and support emergent mathematical development. In this blog post, we will discuss strategies for creating such an environment in an Early Years setting.
Establishing Math-Friendly Environments
One of the key strategies for fostering emergent mathematical development is establishing math-friendly environments where children can explore and express themselves freely. The environment should be designed to be both engaging and interactive, with plenty of opportunities for learning through play. This includes providing materials such as blocks, counters, puzzles, and other manipulatives that allow children to explore different concepts related to mathematics. Providing a variety of toys that are appropriate for different ages can also help support emergent mathematical development by encouraging exploration and problem-solving skills.
Incorporating Math into Everyday Activities
Another strategy for supporting emergent mathematical development is incorporating math into everyday activities. This means making use of everyday objects like measuring cups or counting stairs when going up and down them to see how many steps it takes or counting forks when setting the table at mealtimes. These activities can help develop skills such as number recognition, quantity recognition, basic addition and subtraction, sorting, pattern recognition, and counting out loud—all important skills necessary for later success in math-related topics. It’s also important to give children plenty of time to explore these activities on their own without being rushed or interrupted by adults’ instructions; allowing them to make mistakes is part of the learning process!
Incorporating Frameworks in Early Learning
Finally, educators must ensure that they are incorporating current frameworks such as the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) into their practice when supporting emergent mathematical development in Early Years settings. The EYFS framework covers seven areas of learning which are all linked together; one area being mathematics which covers number knowledge and measurement amongst other things. Educators must aim to provide age-appropriate activities that link back to the EYFS framework whilst taking into account each child’s individual interests so they can progress at their own pace within a safe environment.
Supporting emergent mathematical development in Early Years settings requires careful consideration by educators in order to create effective learning environments that encourage exploration and expression through play. By establishing math-friendly environments with engaging materials, incorporating mathematics into everyday activities, and incorporating frameworks such as the EYFS into practice, educators can ensure that their students have access to the best possible resources for gaining a better understanding of mathematics from birth until 7 years old. With careful planning and implementation by experienced professionals who understand the importance of these strategies in early childhood education settings, children can reach their full potential when it comes to developing a strong foundation in mathematics before transitioning into primary school life!