For Primary Schools

Subject Knowledge for Early Years Practitioners

This project is designed to support Early Years teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

Who can take part?

The programme is designed for individuals who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths to three to five years olds. This may be particularly relevant for NQTs, teachers that have moved phases or teachers that have not received maths-specific training.

There are two pathways for this programme:

One programme will focus on Number Patterns and Structures and the other will focus on Pattern, Shape, Space and Measures.

Both programmes have three core elements, three associated pedagogy sessions, and a task to support the transition from theory to practice.

What will you learn?

Participants and their schools will:

  • develop enhanced maths subject knowledge with a particular emphasis on developmental progression in the Early Years to ensure sequences of learning are cohesive
  • consider the learning opportunities and pedagogical approaches across the wider provision – reviewing and enhancing the opportunities to promote mathematical learning across the provision.

What is the cost?

The Early Years Subject Knowledge Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How can I get involved

The Work Group is now full for 21/22. We hope to run it again next year. If you would like to register your interest please email us at



2021-22 Dates & Venues:

Pattern, Shape, Space and Measures: 
Option 1 - York Sessions will take place at the Ebor Training Centre in York (YO10 3PR) and will run from 9:15 - 3:30
Day 1: Friday March 11th
Day 2: Monday April 4th
Day 3: Thursday May 19th
Day 4: Wednesday June 29th

Option 2 - Boroughbridge Sessions will take place at the Rabbit Hill Business Park, near Boroughbridge (HG5 0FF), and will run from 9:15 - 3:30
Day 1: Tuesday 26th April
Day 2: Monday 16th May
Day 3: Monday 20th June
Day 4: Wednesday 6th July