All children have an inbuilt mathematical knowledge of some sorts in which it is possible for them to build on. Emergent mathematics is how we use to describe how children construct their maths knowledge. The principle of emergent mathematics is that children should be exposed to maths from the day they are born despite their age. Children are taught to use their previous knowledge to solve a maths problem. This helps children to understand how the problem has been solved and not given the answer in which children have not learnt how to solve the problem but has only learnt the answer. An emergent maths lessons starts with an open-ended maths problem in their level that allows children to simply explore and play with shapes and patterns in the numbers. Children use their own thoughts to try solve the problem but the teacher has used their knowledge to start teaching them how to solve that problem.

The role of the practitioner is to support children with their mathematical development. There are many strategies in which the practitioner can support children to develop their mathematical development such as “learning through play, multi-sensory strategies, have open-ended tasks to encourage exploration and learning through focused activities with an adult”

The role of the early years practitioner is to have a positive attitude and set of mind towards maths, provide fun, active activities that promote maths including outdoor play. An example of an activity that supports maths…