Research has shown that a good early childhood start to numeracy is critical to later numeracy success. During a child’s first years of life, the foundations of numeracy are established. It is the quality and quantity of mathematical experiences which are the main factors in determining achievement in a child’s later life.

A child’s early numeracy skills encompass more than just knowing their numbers and the ability to count. Often overlooked are the other mathematical concepts such as spatial and measurement skills and understanding. Therefore an effective pre-school numeracy curriculum must cater for a range of abilities, a range of interests and be about more than number counting and recognition.