Nurseries invited to join evaluative study to improve young children’s maths development

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is inviting applications from early years providers to take part in an evaluative study of their Maths Champions programme and measure its impact on children’s attainment. Maths Champions logo

Maths Champions aims to improve the maths skills of children in early years settings by training ‘Maths Champions’ within nurseries and supporting them through a programme of improvement. 

NDNA are seeking to recruit 138 early years providers to take part in the study which is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and the Department for Education. 

The study is part of a randomised control trial which means that 69 settings will be selected at random to receive the Maths Champions programme for free (usually £400 for NDNA members). The other 69 successful applicants will form part of the important control group. Both groups will receive £500 for their contribution to the study.  

Stella Ziolkowski, NDNA’s Director of Quality and Training, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for early years settings to get involved with our Maths Champions programme. 

“Prior to a pilot that is being carried out between January and June this year, we worked closely with maths expert Sue Gifford to review the resources and training making the programme up to date with research based best practice.”   

A previous study found a positive impact on children’s maths attainment.

Participating settings will nominate a Maths Champion (graduate or level 3 in early years – leading practice in the setting) and Deputy Maths Champion (qualified to minimum level 3 in early years) to use the Maths Champions programme to develop practice in the nursery. 

The Maths Champions programme is fully funded and fully accessed online so there is no cost for releasing staff. 
The trial is open to private, voluntary and independent providers in England based on non-domestic premises, maintained or school based nurseries providing provision for three and four-year-olds. 

The programme will commence in October 2020. 

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