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Focus On - Supporting your Child in Prep to Year 3


Numeracy is an essential skill that children need to succeed in their everyday lives. As a parent or carer and your child’s first teacher, you have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to supporting your child’s learning — from the time they are an infant through to adulthood.


When your child starts school, it is critical for you to continue to play an active role in helping to develop your child’s numeracy so they can achieve the best possible outcomes.

Your vital role as a parent or carer


You might not realise it, but you are already contributing to your child’s understanding of numeracy from an early age. For example, counting objects like buttons on their clothes and talking about time and shapes can familiarise them with mathematics.


Ensuring that your child feels confident talking to you and their teacher about their school work will enhance their opportunity to thrive in the 21st century.

What numeracy skills will your child learn at school?


In the first years of school, children learn through hands-on activities. Your child’s teacher will identify what they already know and can do, and will extend their knowledge and skills through new and challenging situations.


An important aim of the Preparatory Year is to build on your child’s previous experiences with new and different learning opportunities at school. Your child will explore fundamental aspects of mathematics such as ‘how many’, mass, length, size, shape, sequence, order and patterns.


In Years 1 to 3, children use mathematics in increasingly complex and unfamiliar situations. Children will explore larger numbers and learn different ways to identify, describe and record their observations and findings. They may use symbols, words, diagrams or pictures, maps, models and flow charts to describe information.


If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher.


Please click on the link below to have access to the Fact Sheet for Numeracy Prep to year 3: