Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

2020 Edition
| Editors: Stephen Lerman

Early Childhood Mathematics Education

  • Marja Van den Heuvel-PanhuizenEmail author
  • Iliada Elia
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15789-0_165

What Is Meant by Early Childhood Mathematics Education?

Early childhood mathematics education includes providing activities or creating learning environments by professionals such as teachers and care takers in order to offer young children experiences aimed at stimulating the development of mathematical skills and concepts. In general, early childhood mathematics education involves children who are 3–6 years old. Depending on the age of the children and the educational system of their country, early childhood education takes place in preschool care centers or in kindergarten classes. Children’s mathematical development can also be stimulated by encounters and events that take place outside an educational setting, that is, in the children’s home environment, in which, among other things, children can develop some basic notions about number by playing games with their siblings. These family-based activities are highly esteemed as the foundation on which mathematics education in the...


Early childhood Mathematics education History of early childhood education Numerical and geometric content domains Informal knowledge Play Picture books Information and communication technology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Social and Behavioural SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of EducationUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus