Maths week highlights teaching and learning in kindergarten
This week is Maths Week. While Maths Week is traditionally focused on children in Year 1 to Year 11, it is an important occasion to reflect on the teaching and learning that takes place in kindergarten to support strong foundations in maths.
“There are a variety of activities that take place every day at kindergarten to introduce children to key mathematical concepts including problem solving, quantities, patterns, comparisons and estimates,” said Clare Wells, Chief Executive, New Zealand Kindergartens. “Maths learning starts long before a child starts school.”
Children at kindergarten are supported by 100% qualified, registered teachers to extend and deepen understanding of maths concepts through play and exploration. For example, during a typical day at kindergarten children may be supported by teachers to:
- explore patterns when building with different colour blocks; develop their problem solving skills when designing a fort made of cardboard boxes;
- compare the size and shape of leaves in the garden;
- count gold coins donated as part of a fundraising activity;
- estimate which sunflower is the tallest;
- consider, then measure, how long it will take to fill a bucket with water;
- discuss parts of a whole when cutting a mud cake in the sandpit.
Kindergarten teachers work in partnership with parents and whānau to support children to build their capability as problem solvers and innovators, and to broaden their understanding of the world around them. Literacy, mathematics, science, technology, and the arts are all areas of learning at kindergarten. Children develop their interests, explore, gain confidence as learners and foster their sense of belonging and identity.
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For further comment: Please contact NZK Chief Executive Clare Wells 0272 955 044
New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) Incorporated, Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o Aotearoa, is the umbrella organisation representing twenty-six regional kindergarten associations covering over 430 kindergartens and early childhood education services. Nationwide kindergartens provide services for nearly 32,000 enrolled children as well as support for their families and whānau. We are committed to working with parents, communities and the government to offer high quality services, with 100% qualified teachers, which meet the unique needs of children and whānau. NZK provides services to all families. Almost two-thirds of kindergartens are in low and middle income areas. After nga kōhanga reo and correspondence school, kindergarten has the highest percentage of Māori children attending (22%), and among Pasifika children, kindergarten has the highest percentage attending alongside education and care services (8%). Almost twenty per cent of early childhood education enrolments in communities with a Ministry of Health deprivation index rating of 10 (the most socio-economically deprived communities) are in kindergartens.