The Andrews Labor Government is helping pre-schoolers and their families in the Colac Otway Shire improve their maths skills through a new early years’ program.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that early childhood educators at Apex Preschool Centre in Elliminyt and Lavers Hill and District Preschool will participate in Let’s Count training, where they will learn practical tips and get access to best-practice resources to help them develop children’s maths skills.
Let’s Count helps early years’ educators engage families and their children in counting, measuring and identifying patterns. The program also helps parents and carers to introduce maths to children in a fun, simple way that can be incorporated into everyday life.
Let’s Count will be rolled out across Victoria including in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Camperdown, Corio, Lilydale, Maryborough, Melbourne, Melton, Seymour, Warrnambool, Wedderburn, and Werribee.
About 500 educators in funded kindergartens will participate in the program over three years, and will help an estimated 14,000 pre-schoolers and their families.
Let’s Count was developed by Charles Sturt University Professor Bob Perry, Monash University Associate Professor Ann Gervasoni and The Smith Family to help children develop skills and a positive attitude towards maths before they begin primary school.
The knowledge and skills that children develop in the early years are crucial for later in life.
In 2015, a longitudinal evaluation of the Let’s Count program showed it dramatically improved children’s maths skills, with children who participated in the program performing better across a range of mathematical tasks than children not involved in the program.
We are making Victoria the Education State – this starts with giving every child a strong start in life.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“Maths is one of the foundations of essential learning and to make it fun is a great step in making kids ready for school.”
“It is great to see the introduction of Let’s Count in Elliminyt and Lavers Hill to encourage parents, carers and pre-school educators to help kids see that learning is fun and engaging.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos MP
“Thousands of families living in regional Victoria will benefit from this vital program that gives our kids the best start in life.”