East Lothian Council Early Learning and Childcare Newsletter – April 2021

Numeracy Academy for the Early Years

Developing pedagogy and practice

■ Are you interested in developing your understanding of how your learners become confident with number?
■ Would you like to develop strategies to enhance skill development for your children and understand how to support their next steps?

Number Academy training will help you to support numeracy development in your setting through exploring the sequence of skill development, the different aspects of numerical development and recognise how your everyday routines and experiences can embed numeracy rich learning. Cohort for 2020-21 is currently underway.

Contact the Early Learning and Support Team if you’re interested in joining the 2021-22 sessions.


National Numeracy Day 2021- Are you a numbers champion?

National Numeracy Day will take place on 19th May 2021. Education Scotland and the Scottish Government will again participate as lead supporters of the campaign in the hope of encouraging all adults in Scotland to brush up on their numbers skills.

This year will celebrate numbers by hosting a virtual festival, packed full of practical advice from celebrities and experts, inspirational stories from real-life learners and a host of free online events and resources. The festival will focus on three key themes; supporting children’s numeracy, managing your money and numeracy for work.
Get involved!

Since 2018, Scotland has had record numbers of community organisations, adult learning providers, schools and businesses signing up to be numeracy champions. When you sign up to be a National Numeracy Day Champion you will receive free, fun materials and resources to use and share, and join over 1,300 other Champions helping the nation to feel good about numbers. All participants will have access to an online number skills checker called ‘The Challenge’ that will help signpost to resources to improve number skills.

To be a champion you could run an online event, you could circulate resources to learners/parents or you could just simply promote the campaign via social media to your partners and stakeholders.

There is also a schools competition running for pupils aged 4 – 12. Children are being asked to create a picture of their dream job or favourite hobby and explain the different number skills it needs. The winning entry will be awarded a fantastic prize bundle including a £1000+ school maths kit and a school assembly visit from Bobby Seagull, TV celebrity and maths teacher.

To find out more please visit https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/numeracyday

Early Years Numeracy and Mathematics Toolkit

A Guide to Developing a Numeracy Rich Environment

This toolkit was created in a whole authority collaboration between early years practitioners and teachers as a guide for anyone working at Early Level to evaluate their environment, through observation, reflection and discussion.

In order to provide a high quality learning environment we need to ensure that we are creating ‘interactions, experiences and spaces’ that respond to children’s interests and offer intentional learning through stimulating provocations. (Realising the Ambition. 2020)
This document suggests ways in which high quality numeracy experiences can be developed through learning interactions and resources to support the progression of Numeracy and Mathematics in the Early Years – we hope you find it a useful tool in your self-evaluation and provision.

You will find the document on our website –
Early Learning and Childcare – Key documents and websites (google.com)


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