Early Years Curriculum Maths Guide

The early years curriculum for maths does not follow a strict criteria. However there are guidelines of what your children should be learning. The early years curriculum tends to be split into two groups. The first is counting, ordering and sequencing. In this group teachers look to familiarise your children with numbers. The second group is shape, measure, position and movement. In this group teachers look to teach your children with basic shapes and measures.

The Early Years Curriculum sets out to provide:

  • Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind.
  • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly.
  • Partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers.
  • Equality of opportunity so that every child is included and supported.

Counting, Ordering and Sequencing

During the stages of the early years curriculum your child should be taught how to:

  • Count from 1 to 20 and place them in order.
  • Add and subtract 1
  • Using quantities and objects, add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.
  • Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing.


Shape, Measure, Position and Movement

During the stages of the early years curriculum your child should be taught how to:

  • Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance time and money.
  • Create and describe patterns.
  • Explore the characteristics of everyday objects and shapes


If you click on the titles to of the groups you will be taken to a page, which has activities for your children to do in order to improve their skills. It will also give you some ideas as a parent to help them improve.