The Andrews Labor Government is helping pre-schoolers and their families in Northern Victoria improve their maths skills through a new early years’ program.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced that early childhood educators at 12 Northern Victoria services 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 gives early childhood educators and parents simple and effective ways to make maths more interesting and fun for kids,” Ms Symes said.

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

“Maths is one of the foundations of essential learning and to make it fun, for Northern Victoria kids is a great step in making kids ready for school.

“It is great to see the introduction of Let’s Count in our local kinders to encourage parents, carers and pre-school educators to help kids see that learning is fun and engaging.”

Let’s Count will be rolled out across Victoria.

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.

The 12 services are:

Woori Yallock Preschool Woori Yallock
Robyn Jane Children’s Centre Healesville
Eildon and District Kindergarten Eildon
Merrigum Kindergarten Merrigum
Nagambie Kindergarten Nagambie
Girgarre Community Preschool Gigarre
Nagambie Preschool and Childcare Nagambie
Tungamah Kindergarten Tungamah
Appin Park Kindergarten Wangaratta
Myrtleford Preschool Myrtleford
Dudley Street Childcare and Kindergarten Wallan
Quality Kids Kindergarten Wallan