The five ways: Read & Count
A, B, C!
Learning basic language and numbers
helps our child to enjoy learning forever.
Words and numbers are all around us.
When your child learns with you,
they gain valuable experience
and skills which will help them,
when they start school.
Encouraging your child to find
words and numbers
helps build on these skills.
Make their early years count!
Read and count to your child everyday.
Find out more at The Early Years Count website.
You can find words and numbers all around you. By pointing out letters, words and numbers in the home, street and community, you can help your child develop early literacy and numeracy skills.
Try counting steps, measuring ingredients, or sorting toys or clothes into sizes, colour or shapes. Check out some ideas for learning maths everyday here.
It’s never too soon to start reading with your child. Reading books with babies, toddlers and young children is a great way to develop literacy skills and learn about their world.
You can also find words by reading street signs, pointing out letters in their name or practising writing (this starts by mimicking you, by making squiggles and lines on a page). Watch the video to hear what our Early Years Ambassador has to say about early reading and writing.