Numeracy and Literacy are essential life skills that begin to develop from birth and continue to develop throughout our lives. The Early Years Learning Framework describes Numeracy and Literacy as;
Numeracy is the capacity, confidence and disposition to use mathematics in daily life.
Children develop mathematical understandings through engaging with problem solving. Educators support children to develop a rich mathematical vocabulary to accurately describe and explain mathematical ideas and to support numeracy development. Spatial sense, structure and pattern, number, measurement, data, and exploring the world mathematically are the mathematical ideas children need to become numerate.
Literacy is the capacity, confidence and disposition to use language in all its forms.
Literacy incorporates a range of communication including music, movement, dance, storytelling, visual arts, media and drama, as well as talking, listening, viewing, reading and writing. Contemporary texts include electronic and print based media. In an increasingly technological world, the ability to critically analyse texts is a key component of literacy. Children benefit from opportunities to explore their world using technologies and to develop confidence in using digital media.