Counting is the first step for pre-readiness for academic math skills. By the time a child is five, we hope that children can count successfully to ten when they enter kindergarten. Many times, children of this age can count to thirty.
The use of simple counting is essential, so practice starting at age 3 would be suggested. (Children of this age usually can count only to their age or maybe 5).
People are born on the planet learning! Babies learn as they progress in months and in life. The importance of counting in the early years is critical for cognitive function. Math is really all around in our everyday living. The earlier..the better..due to the early years being the "formative or formation years.