Mathematics Education for Early Childhood: A Partnership of Two Curriculums

Maggie Haynes


This paper describes the mathematics education component of one early childhood
teacher education program at the Auckland College of Education. It explores how the
school mathematics curriculum can provide a meaningful framework for the
mathematical learning of very young children. It identifies how the interweaving of
the mathematics curriculum document with the New Zealand early childhood
curriculum can support the early childhood teacher to optimise the provision of
mathematically-rich environments. It examines a variety of issues pertaining to the
early emergence and development of mathematical concepts.


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