Early years maths support: NDNA Maths Champions - research trial

Do you want to develop your knowledge and confidence around how children in early years learn maths and develop maths practice across your setting? 

Maths Champions logo We are inviting applications from early years providers to take part in a research trial (funded by the Education Endowment Foundation partnered with Department for Education) to evaluate the Maths Champions programme.  

The team of researchers running the research trial are based at University of York and Durham University.

Critetia: who can take part?

  • Private, voluntary, independent providers in England based on non-domestic premises/maintained or school nurseries providing nursery provision for three and four-year-olds
  • Settings wishing to participate cannot currently be part of other EEF trials, the Department for Education (DfE) Early Years Professional Development Programme or have previously accessed Maths Champions
  • Settings must be able to commit to the expectations of the programme and take part in the evaluation process.

What does the research trial involve?

As part of the trial, 69 settings will be chosen at random to receive the Maths Champions programme for FREE, the other 69 will continue as normal and form the important ‘control group’. Randomly selecting which settings receive the programme is essential as it is the best way to find out the impact the programme has on children’s attainment.

Regardless of whether a setting randomly receives the intervention or the control group, ALL settings will:

  • Inform and gain consent from parent/carers for children’s participation in the research trial
  • Share setting and child information with the research team
  • Work with the research team to complete assessments (taking 10 minutes per child) in September 2021 and June 2022. 

What does the Maths Champions programme involve?

Nominating a Maths Champion (graduate or level 3 in early years leading practice in the setting) and Deputy Maths Champion (qualified to a minimum of level 3 in early years) who will complete:

  • An online induction to the programme
  • A series of short online courses including developing mathematical confidence in early years, effective coaching, number and shape, space and measure taking up to 2 hours each
  • Working with the Maths Champion programme lead from NDNA to audit current practice and plan for improvement
  • Ten core activities with children in your setting.


If you meet the criteria above and would like to register your interest, complete the expression of interest form before 11 June 2021.

You can also email us at mcstudy@ndna.org.uk for more information

Register your interest

The trial is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation partnered with the Department for Education.
The team of researchers running the trial are based at the University of York and Durham University