The content of this book is the findings of a case study undertaken in an early childhood education and care setting in urban Auckland, New Zealand. This study explored the foundational mathematical thinking and behaviour of children aged between 12 months and three years while engaged in unstructured outdoor play experiences. The discussion regarding the findings of the case study shows how very young children (toddlers) explored their outdoor setting in a variety of mathematical ways. These findings are then described in terms of commonly recognised mathematical themes showing toddlers as competent and confident learners in thier outdoor setting.
Shiree spent more than 20 years as an early childhood teacher before becoming involved in teacher education. She is passionate about child-centred and play based education in the prior-to- school years. She hopes to inspire those who work with infants and toddlers to see them as expert learners of the world around them.