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‘Maths mastery’ is gaining traction as the preferred educational approach in schools, but is it appropriate for the youngest children, asks Charlotte Goddard

The changing nature of the beach provides new and exciting learning opportunities for children at one nursery in West Sussex. Nicole Weinstein finds out more

Practitioners must first overcome their own reluctance to approach maths and then encourage children to explore it in real-life and meaningful situations. By Caroline Vollans

Going outside to ‘do’ maths is an effective way to engage young children. Julie Mountain offers some tips

The split between Prime and Specific areas is valid, provided practitioners understand how they inter-relate, says Jan Dubiel

Evidence is growing for an experiential approach and a broader curriculum to be adopted for maths teaching in the early years, reports Meredith Jones Russell

Increasing numbers of early years settings are recognising the importance of STEM subjects within an early years curriculum. Charlotte Goddard speaks to one, while Anni McTavish makes the case for art and design

Mathematical development and music go hand in hand, with the latter enabling us to take pleasure in exploring the abstract subject, says Linda Pound

Spatial reasoning skills are critical to early learning, particularly in mathematics, and need to be supported by engaging children’s entire bodies. Dr Jennifer S Thom explains why

Learning about position involves fun, physical activities and will get you and your child out and about, explains Juliet Robertson