Let’s Count Program Now Available In Regional Victoria

Let’s Count Program Now Available In Regional Victoria

Victoria Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

Helping Regional Kids Become Maths Masters

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is helping about 14,000 pre-schoolers and their families in Regional Victoria improve their maths skills through a new early year’s program.

“Let’s Count gives early childhood educators and parents simple and effective ways to make maths more interesting and fun for kids.” Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said.

Let’s Count helps early years educators engage families and their children in counting, measuring and identifying patterns.

“Thousands of families living in regional Victoria will benefit from this vital program that gives our kids the best start in life.”

Let’s Count program helps parents and carers introduce maths to their children in a fun, simple way that can be incorporated into everyday life.

Let’s Count program will now be available to early childhood educators in:

  • Bendigo,
  • Echuca,
  • Horsham,
  • Lakes Entrance,
  • Mildura,
  • Sale,
  • Swan Hill.

This builds on a number of locations announced last year including Morwell, Shepparton and Wodonga.

About 500 educators in funded kindergartens will participate in the program over three years.

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.

“Knowledge and skills that children develop in the early years are crucial for later in life.” Professor Bob Perry said.

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.” Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said.