It’s never too early to explore numbers, counting or shape with your child. Real life often provides the best opportunities to develop maths skills and talking about numbers around you early and often will highlight to your child that numbers, counting and shape are part of everyday life. There are lots of fun and easy things you can try to help your child to explore numbers and shapes, giving them a great start to developing early maths skills, concepts and confidence.


Top tips for parents and families

Be positive about maths. Don't say things like "I can’t do maths" or "I hated maths at school"; your child might start to think like that themselves.

Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.

Praise your child for effort rather than talent - this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.