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Why Is Numeracy Important in Early Childhood

Why Is Numeracy Important in Early Childhood


Why Is Numeracy Important in Early Childhood? Why the Child Needs Maths Skills?

Every child should learn maths. It helps children develop problem-solving skills, reasoning abilities, and spatial awareness. This is likely because maths is essential for making decisions and understanding our environment.

What Is the Importance of Numeracy?

Though some people are not good at math, it is essential to see that numeracy has a role in early childhood. This is because numeracy skills allow children to think critically and solve problems. Early exposure to numeracy can help set a strong foundation for success in mathematics and other areas of life.

How Your Child Starts Learning Numeracy Skills

Numeracy skills start to develop when a child is born. They learn about numbers and shapes by watching, experiencing, playing, and participating in activities. Parents can help their children by counting their fingers and toes or displaying the numerals on clocks or phones. As children get older, they learn more math skills like size and measurement.

If you want your child to learn numeracy skills faster and fun,  then you should look at our Pairing, Numeracy, Money Busy Book. This book is suitable for children from 4 to 8 years old. It is packed with fun activities which covers addition, subtraction, rhyming, and more.

And here is a digital download version of the same Pairing, Numeracy, Money busy book here.

Ideas for Numeracy Skill Development at Home

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Doing Maths Together at Home

Numeracy skills are essential for children to develop early on in life. Children need to do maths together at home with their parents for various reasons. One reason is that it can help improve their numeracy skills. Another reason is that many environmental variables, intergenerational patterns, cognitive and linguistic skills, and ANS (Approximate Number System) influence early math skills. 

Lastly, the ability to do non-symbolic magnitude comparisons was found to be the strongest predictor of early math skills in kindergarten.

The non-symbolic arithmetic task involves solving problems without using symbols, such as numbers or letters. It is often used in preschool math curriculums and longitudinal studies to predict later math achievement.

Games and Play

Games and play are essential for early childhood development.

Games help children learn new skills in a fun and interactive way. Even in schools, they are using this method.

Board games, like dice, are a great way to help kids identify shapes, numbers, and patterns.  Playing games with your children is an excellent way to bond with them and spend time together.

Examples of Math Play Materials

Pairing, numeracy, money printed busy book

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Tips for Building Numeracy Skills for Babies

Numeracy skills are essential for early childhood development. Babies can start building these skills by playing counting and sorting games, singing number songs and rhymes, and talking about everyday activities, the environment, food, time, and shapes/patterns. You can also get music for counting songs like “Five little ducks” and “One two three four five.”

Tips for Building Numeracy Skills for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Numeracy skills are essential for children to develop as early as possible. These skills include counting, comparing items, and understanding basic mathematical concepts. There are various ways parents can help their children build these skills. Talking about maths concepts, counting and comparing objects, using a growth chart or marks on a wall to measure height, and playing with children are great ways to help them develop strong numeracy skills.

Numeracy skills are important for toddlers and preschoolers as they help them understand their world. You can encourage your child to explore their interests using maths concepts while they play playing. For example, you can ask them to put their toys away in order from shortest to tallest or to sort different coloured balls into groups. This will help them learn how to order things and understand basic mathematical concepts.

Does Numeracy Skills Transform Into Mathematical Skills?

  1. Symbolic Number Skills

Symbolic number skills are essential for children’s arithmetic development. Young children can detect violations of counting principles and correct the puppet accordingly. This skill is necessary for developing a solid foundation in mathematics.

As children learn to understand the numerical meaning of number words, they also acquire the cardinality principle that each number word refers to a certain quantity. With this understanding, they can then start using more efficient counting strategies. Over time, their conceptual knowledge of counting will develop, and they will be able to count accurately and efficiently.

Counting can make memory development of basic math facts. This facilitates direct retrieval of answers from memory, leading to better mathematical achievement outcomes. Longitudinal studies of young children have found that difficulties in symbolic aspects of arithmetic are discernable early in development. This means that educators and parents should be paying attention to these skills early to be addressed before causing any long-term damage.

You should consider our Alphabet, Numbers, and Writing Skills Busy Book to improve symbolic number skills for your children in an easy and fun way!

  1. non-symbolic arithmetic

Non-symbolic Arithmetic is the ability to solve mathematical problems without using symbols. This can be done with relatively small numbers, and accuracy tends to improve with age and problem size. Non-symbolic Arithmetic is a common way for preschoolers to learn about addition and subtraction.

This study found that non-symbolic arithmetic is related to math achievement throughout kindergarten to the middle of first grade.

  1. non-symbolic representations and approximate number system acuity

Number Sense is the ability to determine which of two sets of numbers is larger quickly. This skill is also called Approximate Number System (ANS) understanding. It’s important because it allows people to understand and work with quantitative information, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in society.


Every child should learn maths, and it is a skill that will help children develop problem-solving skills, reasoning abilities, and spatial awareness. In addition, maths is also predictive of later academic achievement, and maths understanding of important for understanding our environment.

I hope the main points from this blog post have been helpful.

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