Using creative and digital approaches to maths with Dr Andrew Manches


Using creative and digital approaches to maths with Dr Andrew Manches


This is the twenty third in a series of Earlyarts Training Webinars based on arts and creativity in the early years.

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Watch our highly engaging training video, 'Ask the Expert', where we will be joined by our Guest Expert Andrew Manches, Director of Pling Ltd, an early learning innovation company.

Pling is an early learning innovation company which has undertaken leading edge research into early learning and new technologies, and developed a set of intelligent blocks that use colour to bring mathematics patterns to life. The product provides an engaging way for pre and early school children (2–6 years old) to play, talk and learn mathematics at home or school.

This training event is hosted by Earlyarts Director, Ruth Churchill Dower, and is suitable for:

  • early years and KS1 teachers
  • early years practitioners and professionals
  • nursery nurses and managers
  • childcarers
  • local authority officers
  • home educators
  • parents and carers

"I enjoyed taking part in this thought provoking interactive session. The tutor was great fun!" Chris Arundel from Medway Early Years on Earlyarts webinar with Charlotte Arculus.

Which lovely Presenters will I meet?

Andrew Manches - Andrew has over 18 years working with children, first as a teacher, and then as an academic. His research focuses on the role of interaction in thinking, and the implications this has for early learning and new forms of technology. He has recently moved to Moray House, University of Edinburgh, having been awarded a Future Research Leader grant by the Economic Social Research Council. He complements his research with his role as the Founder and Director of Pling Ltd, a start-up that designs, builds, and sells novel learning technologies for young children.

Ruth Churchill Dower - As Director of Earlyarts, the award winning training network in the cultural and education sectors, Ruth established Earlyarts in 2002 and scaled it up to have a national footprint in 2009. Ruth is in charge of keeping the vision for Earlyarts high on everyone’s agenda, advocating for what’s important with our youngest children, running the consultancy and export side of the company, supporting the team and generally making sure the business as a social enterprise is sustainable.

Ruth can often be found roaming the hills and valleys to indulge in her passion for paragliding, and spends her weekends puddle-splashing, den-building or tree-climbing with her two children.