This term has seen me working with many many settings across the UK and having many, many, conversations about "preparing for school", "preparing for SATs" or "preparing for tests" . Each one raising the issue of what we percieve as expectations of children in Early Years and beyond,
I have thought long and hard this month about why we do what we do as educators and keep coming back to my core belief that our role is to help prepare children for suvival in the world beyond our walls, now and in their future. In thinking this through I began to unpick the things I believe we need to keep a focus on as Early Years people and to look at the skil...
Over the past year there have been many opinions expressed by trainers, practitioners, managers and advisers about whether you need to have specific areas within your setting or not. Thought it was about time that I added my thoughts into the mix !
More specifically I wanted to look at whether we need a specific maths area in our early years settings. Some have been told they definately do need them and others use the arguement that if maths is everywhere then why do we need them at all? My views on the matter have developed as a direct result of our own journey in our setting to provide the best maths provision we can.