Intentional Teaching Practices for Early Mathematics Course

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Intentional Teaching Practices for Early Mathematics Course

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This course supports early childhood and early primary teachers in the intentional teaching of mathematics for infants, toddlers, and young children through play and planned activities. The course describes the mathematical content that young children need to engage with in their early years. For each content area, teachers are supported to understand how mathematical thinking develops, to recognise instances of children engaging in mathematical thinking in play and everyday contexts, and to explore ways to enhance and support this learning through intentional teaching practices. Culturally responsive practices and inquiry approaches to mathematics are also discussed.

On completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the early skills and knowledge that underpin mathematical learning
  • Identify instances of mathematical thinking and exploration in children’s play
  • Build a repertoire of strategies for intentionally supporting children’s developing mathematical knowledge through play
  • Examine perceptions and assumptions about own maths proficiency and build confidence and enthusiasm for supporting learning in maths

Watch the introductory video

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Interviews with

  • Dr Melissa Tacy (mathematician)
  • Dr Erica Zippert (expert in early maths teaching and learning)
  • Professor Jodie Hunter (expert on culturally responsive teaching pedagogies for maths)
  • Vicki Barrie (principal at Northcote College)
  • Jacqui Lees and her team from Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten

Includes 12 case studies of teaching in action at

  • No.28, the Faculty of Education early childhood centre at the University of Auckland
  • Tots Corner, an early childhood centre in Northcote, Auckland.

Time commitment

Allow 8-10 weeks, 60 minutes per week, plus putting your learning into practice in your own work context

Flexible engagement

With course content available 24-7 and no cut-off date, you can choose when to engage with the learning materials

Multimodal learning

A rich mix of interviews, readings, video case-studies, reflections, and practical activities

What you’ll learn

The course is structured into nine parts, with each part designed to take about a week to work through, although participants are free to work at their own pace. Each part has an activity which participants will need to undertake in their own settings.

PART 1  

Mathematics for everyone introduces the course, and focuses on the key ideas for ensuring that children develop views of themselves as confident mathematicians who are capable and competent in relation to mathematics. This includes teachers exploring their own attitudes and perceptions towards mathematics, as well as a consideration of the importance of culturally responsive mathematics teaching.


Early mathematical learning outlines the range of skills and experiences that children need in their early years. It also describes intentional teaching approaches to children’s play and learning.

Parts 3-7 each tackle a different mathematical content area in more depth, and can be completed in any order.


Non-symbolic number skills looks at the mathematical understandings that children develop and are evident before they have a formal understanding of systems for quantification, addition, and subtraction.


Symbolic representations for number examines how to support children to learn symbolic number names and written symbols.


Connecting symbols to quantities looks at how children learn to connect representations of number to quantities of real items.


Symbolic comparisons and operations examines the development of symbolic number comparisons, and symbolic addition and subtraction.


Spatial skills explores the importance of spatial skills including shape knowledge, spatial visualisation, and visual-spatial working memory.


Pattern looks at the sequence of development of pattern understandings.


Summing it up brings together the key ideas about intentional practices for supporting children’s mathematical development, and introduces the development of maths-focused projects as a way of creating meaningful opportunities for mathematical learning.


Intentional Teaching Practices for Early Mathematics Course

Enrolment instructions

1. Select your enrolment requirements below carefully, especially if you are enrolling a group. 
2. You can choose to pay via invoice or by credit card.
3. Once enrolled, you’ll find the course on your Account page. You will also receive an email welcoming you to the course.

Group enrolments

Enrolling as a group offers you great savings, and enables teachers to share their learning journeys and centres to collectively make changes in their practice based on their learning. Each teacher receives their own log in, linked to their email address, and can complete the course in their own time, on their own computer or tablet.


  • 1 teacher: NZ$110.00
  • 2-10 teachers: SAVE 15% (NZ$93.50pp)
  • 11-25 teachers: SAVE 20% (NZ$88.00pp)
  • 26+ teachers: SAVE 25% (NZ$82.50pp)
  • Please note: Prices are subject to 15% GST (local sales tax). Discounts only apply to group enrolments made in one transaction, and cannot be applied retrospectively if your group size increases.

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