Key ideas

Today there is increased recognition of the importance of mathematics. 

A positive attitude toward mathematics and a strong foundation for mathematics learning begins in early childhood through unstructured play at home, at preschool and at childcare. 

Better mathematics education can and should begin early with developmentally appropriate practices. 

  • Problem solving and reasoning are at the heart of mathematics and we should be teaching for understanding, not memorization. 
  • A variety of teaching strategies purposefully used promotes mathematical learning.
  • Assessment is crucial to effective teaching followed by early interventions which can prevent later learning difficulties in schools for all children.

Math must be connected to children's lives. Teachers and parents should find frequent opportunities to help children reflect on and extend the mathematics that arise in everyday activities, conversations and play, as well as creating environments that support such activities.