# Numeracy and Maths Program

### Everyday Maths Skills

Math is a vital part of our lives and we all use it every day. Your child by instinct begins to understand mathematical concepts very early in their childhood.

For example, they will understand the concept of numbers, know which number is less and which is more, have a rudimentary understanding of addition and subtraction and understand the concept of time, weight and length.

Clovel’s experienced Educators will capitalise on this natural learning and will start explaining and exploring simple numeracy concepts with your child to ensure we take advantage of your child’s intuitive learning capability in the area of maths. At Clovel we are keen to have your child “maths aware” upon beginning “big school”.

### Numeracy Concepts Taught Simply

Our Numeracy Program introduces your child to mathematical concepts gently and naturally as a part of their daily lives and routines. This will ensure your child will learn without feeling pressure.

#### Number Sense

This includes the ability to count forwards and understand relationships between numbers through concepts like simple addition and subtraction.

Children of age two and above can count in more than one language and will have a very basic understanding of number relationships and number values.

#### Representation

We reinforce number sense with real-life scenarios and use words, pictures, objects, and symbols to introduce number relationships to your child.

For example, we might give your child 5 crayons and ask them to distribute the crayons amongst a group of five children including themselves.

Your child will understand that after giving one crayon to each member of the group they are left with only one crayon in their possession. Such activities help children clearly understand number relations.

#### Spatial Sense

We will introduce your child to ideas of size, shape, position, space, direction, and movement through a series of games and tools.

For example, we will use words like ‘climbing up the stairs’ or ‘moving back or coming forward’. These things might seem like simple concepts to adults, but they form the building blocks for your child to learn much more complex mathematical concepts.

#### Measurement

Ages 2 to 6 is the right time for children to start learning about measurements. We introduce concepts like the length, height, and weight of an object using units such as centimetres or grams gradually over the years.

We do this through art, cooking and various other indoor and outdoor activities and projects so your child will have a solid foundation of these concepts.

#### Estimation

Children find it difficult to understand estimates. They cannot guess the approximate size and amount of things easily.

We try to help them understand this concept and show the meanings of words like bigger/smaller, more than/less than, higher/lower, under/over.

#### Patterns

Patterns are predictable and logical. Surprisingly, children respond very well to logic. We will use different toys and resources to introduce patterns to your child.

This helps develop your child’s ability to make connections, reason, solve puzzles and look at things logically.

#### Problem Solving

Children can develop problem-solving skills at a very early age easily. The more we encourage them through our wide variety of resources and activities, the better they are at it.

We introduce several games and puzzles that will encourage your children to use their mind, logic and reasoning ability, and understanding of patterns to solve puzzles.

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## Understanding Numeracy in Early Childhood

Children begin to understand the basic concepts of numeracy in early childhood. It is critical to nurture this understanding and to help our little ones to begin to enjoy the foundation concepts, to help them establish confidence as they learn. At Clovel, we use a combination of tools and games within our maths programs for children to ensure that they have a firm grasp on the key concepts in their early years. We understand the importance of numeracy in early childhood and endeavour to help each and every child in our care work towards a firm grasp of this foundation knowledge in their preschool years.

## The Importance of Numeracy in Early Childhood

The benefits of literacy and numeracy in early childhood will extend well into a child’s school years.

By learning through play, children have the opportunity to find enjoyment in learning maths and numeracy concepts, seeing it as fun rather than a chore. Children begin to understand numeracy concepts as young as two years old, so feeding and nurturing this basic understanding is important for cognitive development as your child grows. Maths is a vital part of everyday life, and preschool and kindergarten years are when we can capitalise on the natural learning that takes place.

## Benefits of Numeracy in Early Childhood

Having your child understand the basics of maths and numeracy is a stepping stone to continued learning throughout their schooling years.

Much like our literacyphysical activity and science & technology programs, our maths program for children aims to stimulate their response to learning through enjoyment.

Our experienced educators help our children gain a rudimentary understanding of core aspects of maths and numeracy, feeding a potentially lifelong love for learning.

The benefits of numeracy in early childhood can be countless as your child continues throughout their learning journey.

### Cognitive Development Through Numeracy

The importance of numeracy in early childhood is in taking this natural learning process and helping it to develop a holistic understanding of the rudimentary processes behind maths and numeracy. Our maths programs for children focus on making learning fun and helping your child gain confidence and understanding throughout the learning process.

### Social and Emotional Benefits of Early Numeracy

Clovel strives to create an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding in each of its early learning centres so that your child can feel comfortable and happy to learn with love. This love is also extended to our parents who can follow their child’s learning journey through our KindyHub with some great extra tips on learning at home available on our blog too.

## Children's Math Literature: A Tool for Learning

Though we stray away from using only traditional bookwork that most children receive in school, we have a range of fun children’s maths literature that enhances the learning process. Literature is just one of the many tools we use to enhance your child’s understanding of important maths and numeracy concepts. Our team of wonderful educators are experts in delivering learning concepts for maths and numeracy in a fun and enjoyable way so that your child has the most opportunity to develop a love for learning that will last a lifetime.

### Recommended Math Literature for Children

Not only do we employ concepts in our early learning centres that will help your child grow and enjoy learning, but we also offer recommendations for how you can help your child continue learning at home. At this early age, your child is learning every minute of every day, so it is important to feed and nurture that thirst for knowledge whenever we can.

## Math Programs for Children: Building Foundations

At Clovel, we believe that building foundations is an important part of early childhood. From our baby program to developing literacy and numeracy in early childhood, every part of your child’s early development is building part of a foundation that they will rely on for the rest of their lives. Our experienced and dedicated educators are thrilled to be a part of this process, helping your child learn and grow in their early years. Our strict employment policies ensure that we have only the best educators on our team so that your child has access to the best education possible.

### How to Choose the Right Math Program for Your Child

Early childhood education is about more than just choosing the right programs for your child. It is about finding a place where they will be loved and nurtured with healthy meals, quality learning and a team of experts to guide them along the way. You should be confident that the preschool facility you choose is the right environment for your child to excel in their early years and has all the certifications to properly access the appropriate government childcare funding. Contact Clovel today to discuss how we can help your child develop a passion for learning in their early years and arrange a guided tour of our facilities so that you can see for yourself why Clovel is such a highly regarded institution for early learners.