Aug 02, 2023

Mini Maths Enrichment | Encouraging Maths in the Early Years

Girl being handed a Brighter Learning Approach certificate for taking part in a Mini Maths activity at nursery

Mathematics plays a vital role in shaping young minds, nurturing critical thinking abilities, and preparing young children for a lifetime of problem-solving. This blog explores our Brighter Learning Approach enrichment of Mini Maths, and why maths is so important for children in the Early Years.

Explaining the Mini Maths enrichment

Across our nurseries, the Brighter Learning Approach Mini Maths enrichment helps to engage children in meaningful mathematical learning. It helps children to develop knowledge, build skills and explore concepts. Children also will develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, which is important for later in their development.

Each of the 3 aspects to Mini Maths help support and develop children’s love for Maths.

  • Confident Counters: Introducing young children to counting and mathematical activities helps develop their numerical skills, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and lays the foundation for more advanced concepts. Counting provides a fun and interactive way for children to learn and practice early mathematical skills, improving their confidence and ability to learn.

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  • Number Detectives: Within our nurseries, we engage children in mathematical learning throughout the day, whilst developing knowledge, building skills and exploring concepts, through purposeful play and plenty of practice.

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  • Meaningful Maths: Engaging children in meaningful mathematical learning whilst they follow the routines and transitions of the day, from identifying patterns and sharing out resources, are essential for success in maths and other areas of life. It also helps to build their confidence and self-esteem and make maths more relatable and relevant to their everyday lives, by providing children with real-world context and hands-on learning experiences.

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What are some of the benefits of mathematical learning?

  1. Enhancing Cognitive Development:

Through engaging with mathematical concepts, children learn to think logically, reason, and analyse problems from various perspectives. Early exposure to mathematical thinking encourages the development of vital cognitive skills such as spatial awareness, pattern recognition, and numerical fluency. These skills not only form the basis for mathematical understanding but also extend to other areas of learning and problem-solving throughout a child’s life.

  1. Develops Problem-Solving Skills:

Maths is inherently problem-solving-oriented. By grappling with mathematical challenges, children develop problem-solving skills that can be used in later life. These problem-solving skills help to equip children with invaluable tools to tackle real-world situations, fostering resilience, perseverance, and creativity.

  1. Builds Mathematical Literacy:

Early exposure to maths helps children develop a solid foundation in numerical literacy and mathematical concepts. Through counting, measuring, and sorting activities, children gain an understanding of numbers, quantities, shapes, and patterns. These early mathematical experiences lay the groundwork for more advanced mathematical concepts as they progress through their academic journey. A strong mathematical foundation enables children to confidently engage with mathematical content at higher levels, improving their overall academic performance.

  1. Fosters Logical Reasoning and Critical Thinking:

Maths nurtures logical reasoning and critical thinking skills in young children. As they engage in mathematical activities, they learn to identify relationships, make connections, and apply reasoning to arrive at conclusions. Mathematical thinking encourages children to think critically, evaluate information, and solve problems systematically. These skills empower children to become analytical thinkers who can approach challenges with clarity and confidence.

  1. Promotes Life Skills and Everyday Application:

Mathematics is an integral part of our daily lives. It is present in various activities such as budgeting, cooking, and playing games. Understanding basic mathematical concepts prepares children to navigate the world around them with confidence and make informed decisions.

By introducing mathematical concepts and fostering mathematical thinking from an early age, we equip children with valuable skills that extend beyond the subject itself. Our Mini Maths enrichment helps to support children from a young age to develop a life-long love of learning and develop the necessary skills, ready for their next stage of learning.

Related pages/links:

The Brighter Learning Approach 

Our Curriculum

Related blogs:

All About the Brighter Learning Approach 

Mini Maths Enrichment

The Importance of Teaching Children About Our Wonderful World

My Happy and Healthy Self

Super STEAM Enrichment

Supporting Children Becoming Confident Speakers & Communicators

Inspiring Raving Readers Across Our Nurseries 

Blog checked by:  Kat Learner (Training & Professional Development Manager)

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