Early Childhood Forum

ECF - at the heart of Early Years from birth to 7 years
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The Early Childhood Forum (ECF), brings together national organisations and professional associations in the early childhood sector for all young children from birth to seven. ECF exists to promote inclusion, challenge inequalities, debate issues, celebrate differences and develop consensus to champion high quality experiences for young children and their families.

News & Events

Sue Gifford's Talk

The Early Childhood Maths Group – how do we develop confidence, competence and enjoyment in maths for all children?

The Early Childhood Maths Group brings together expert enthusiasts including practitioners and researchers. We provide guidance based on research and practice to various bodies and produce materials to support enjoyable maths education for all children from birth to seven. I will discuss some of our current work, including informal assessment videos for number and pattern, the Spatial Reasoning Toolkit, picture book lists and family maths postcards. Suggestions will be welcome!

Dr Sue Gifford, chair of the Early Childhood Maths Group, is a specialist in early years maths, working with practitioners and a range of organisations. Previously a London reception teacher, she taught at Roehampton University and researched early years maths and children with maths difficulties. She has contributed to a range of guidance documents and programs for early years practitioners. She is the author of Teaching mathematics 3 to 5: developing learning in the Foundation Stage, and co-authored The power of pattern: patterning in the early years. Her current research interests include spatial reasoning and links between patterning and music.

Sue Gifford Feb 2024

Transforming Early Childhood

NESTA is presenting an online event 26 February from 09:00-11:30 on narrowing the gap between children from lower and higher income families. For details, please contact: events@nesta.org.uk

Children at the Table

ECF is pleased to be supporting this NCB initiative.

Foundation Years Live


This online event is on 6 March, 10:00-11:30. For more details contact:


ECF Early Childhood Forum