Early Years Work Groups

The development of mathematical subject knowledge for Early Years practitioners is a key aspect of the work of Maths Hubs. This project will offer two types of Work Groups for EY practitioners: Work Groups to support EY practitioners new to post or with limited experience/training in Early Years maths, focusing on key concepts in EY mathematical development; and Work Groups to develop established practitioners, focusing on the development of research informed practice and starting to develop wider practice.

The Sussex Maths Hub prioritised this area last year. We created a series of videos and resources to be used to support TfM in EY settings.

This year we will also deliver an Early Years Conference to build on the successful conference held last year in Hastings. 

The conference offers a keynote and workshops on relevant topics: counting and cardinality, addition and subtraction and using Numicon.

For more information please contact the project leads:

Sussex Maths Hub
Early Years
Conference 2019


Ocklynge Junior School,
Victoria Drive,
Eastbourne, BN20 8XN

Friday 28 June

09:30 – 15:30

For further details about this course, please download the attached FLYER.


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Following on from last year’s successful conference, this will be the 2nd Sussex Maths Hubs event in Sussex specifically aimed at Early Years and Key Stage One practitioners. Suitable for all EYFS settings this exciting and free conference will include:

  • A key note speech by the leading national academic in EYFS practice, Doctor Sue Gifford.
  • Practical and fun workshops covering a range of KS1 and EYFS numeracy strategies that you can take away and apply in your own setting.
  • The opportunity to network with other practitioners.
  • News and updates about other professional development opportunities.

There will be 5 workshops available, and you will get the chance to choose which you would like to attend before the event.

Teas and coffees provided – please bring your own lunch.

Early Years 2019 Work Group


Pashley Down Infant School,
Beechy Avenue, Eastbourne,
East Sussex, BN20 8NX

Day 1:
Thursday 14 March
Day 2: Thursday 2 May
Day 3: Thursday 20 June

09:30 – 15:30

For further details about this course, and to apply for a place, please download the attached FLYER.


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The focus for Early Years (EY) work has progressed to support practitioners at each stage of their development. In Sussex our current focus for 2019 is for practitioners who are new to EY, or with limited EY maths experience and training. We are currently running a project that explores key concepts in early mathematical development and effective pedagogies that support EY mathematics learning. This project will be run as a local workgroup that will enable participants to review practice, consider current research and develop their leadership capacity.

Who is it for?

Early Years practitioners who are new to EY, or who have limited EY maths experience and training. Practitioners wishing to engage in mathematical EY research.

What is involved?

  • 3/4 days of workshops with other practitioners on the programme
  • Independent study and setting-based work including gap tasks and evaluation
  • Online discussion as part of a professional community
  • Support and mentoring from Work Group Lead

Led by Jade Clifford, Experienced Early Years Teacher at Roselands – Stafford Federation, Head of English and Daily Supported Reading, Pashley Phonic Hub Lead