Laura Bowery, Co-Director at Shotley Bridge Nursery School Ltd, wanted to share this story with us about her setting:

“Shotley Bridge Nursery School Ltd in Consett, County Durham, was selected to be part of the NDNA Math Championship in conjunction with Durham University, in July last year. This was part of a program designed to address the issue of children underachieving in Maths across the country.

“The aim was to target children at a very young age and help give them the skills and the confidence to do Maths. The program also works towards arming early years practitioners with the confidence and skills necessary to teach very young children in a way that is both inspirational and successful.

“Over the past year our pre-school teacher Mrs Sam Cooper has worked hard to bring a love of maths to the forefront of children’s learning and has involved not only our staff but our parents as well, who have the supported their children’s learning at home.

“We have found out this week that we have been shortlisted for the NDNA Champions’ award and are one of only 3 nurseries in the country nominated for this accolade. We are extremely proud of this as the North East in particular, is often an area cited in the press as underachieving in Maths in many of our schools and also as having a number of areas of deprivation which contribute to this.

“The awards are being held on June 30th in Manchester and we are extremely hopeful that we could win!”

Congratulations Shotley Bridge Nursery for being shortlisted for this award! 

Find out more at www.ndna.org.uk/awards

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