In 2014, ACME's remit was extended from 5-19 to 3-19. This has
meant that ACME spent some time drawing on Committee and Outer
Circle expertise and the expertise of wider stakeholders to scope
out the early years mathematics landscape and identify key shared
In February 2016, ACME convened a roundtable with the early
years and mathematics community to gain a better understanding of
the issues that arise in policy and practice within this the policy
space and also to bring the early years and mathematics communities
together. The session was a success and new relationships were
established and shared priorities identified. The notes can be
In May 2016, ACME hosted a follow up seminar on early years
professional development. The group discussed key issues and
challenges in professional development and potential opportunities
in terms of research, policy and programmes. The notes from the
session can be found here.
The baton for the next meeting was taken on by 4Children, which
hosted a meeting in July 2016. During that meeting the group also
agreed to devise a set of recommendations for mathematical
resources, which is now complete and can be found here on the the Foundation Years website.
For more information on early years mathematics, the briefing paper from the All-Party
Parliamentary Group on Maths and Numeracy is a useful starting
point, as is a Maths Memos blog post from ACME member Dr Sue
If you are interested in finding out more information about next
steps in early years mathematics get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.