The Andrews Labor Government is helping pre-schoolers and their families in Kororoit improve their maths skills through a new early years’ program.
Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz today announced that early childhood educators at TRY Rockbank Preschool, Brookside Preschool, Burnside Kindergarten, Creekside Kindergarten, Kororoit Creek Kindergarten and Rockbank Kindergarten 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.
More than 350 early childhood services have participated in Let’s Count since 2016 – with the figure to tip over 500 by the end of the year, helping an estimated 14,000 pre-schoolers and their families.
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 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 Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“Let’s Count gives early childhood educators and parents simple and effective ways to make maths more interesting and fun for kids.”
“Thousands of families living in regional Victoria will benefit from this vital program that gives our kids the best start in life.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz
“Maths is one of the foundations of essential learning and to make it fun, for Kororoit kids is a great step in making kids ready for school.
“It is great to see the introduction of Let’s Count in Kororoit to encourage parents, carers and pre-school educators to help kids see that learning is fun and engaging.”