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

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that early childhood educators at four Dandenong local pre-schools 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.

The participating local early childhood centres are:

Dandenong Primary Kindergarten 174-182 Foster Street Dandenong 3175 Dandenong
Fifth Avenue Child Care Centre 5 Fifth Avenue Dandenong 3175 Dandenong
Monash Drive Early Learning Centre 166 Monash Drive Dandenong South 3175 Dandenong
Young Einsteins Early Learning Centre 3 Florence Court Dandenong North 3175 Dandenong

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.