Let's Count Program

The Victorian Government is supporting the delivery of Let’s Count to around 500 educators in funded kindergarten programs across the state. ​​​​​In 2016, over 100 early childhood educators participated in Let's Count professional learning and feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. Over the next two years, a further 400 early childhood educators across Victoria will be given the opportunity to participate.

What is Let’​s Count?

Let’s Count is a program that helps families and early childhood educators to develop the maths skills of children through noticing, exploring, and talking about numbers, counting, measurement and patterns in their daily lives. 

Let’s Count builds the confidence of families and educators by giving them practical tips and resources to develop children’s maths skills. The program emphasises maths in everyday life, and helps children to see maths as relevant, stimulating and fun.

Let’s Count includes a free professional learning program for early childhood educators, involving two full-day workshops. The program also includes resource kits for educators and tip sheets for families.

The program was developed by The Smith Family, in partnership with Professor Bob Perry from Charles Sturt University and Associate Professor Ann Gervasoni from Monash University.

After seeing great results in a pilot phase of the program, Let’s Count is now being rolled out to state-funded kindergarten programs in high-priority areas.

Who can particip​ate?

Services with a funded kindergarten program that meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria can apply to participate:

  • 30 per cent or more of children attending the funded kindergarten program have a Health Care Card (or meet any of the other criteria for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy​)
  • 10 per cent or more of children attending the funded kindergarten program identify as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • The service has one or more approved Pre-Purchased Kindergarten places.
  • The service is located in one of the Let’s Count priority postcodes (refer to list of postcodes below)

Services will be prioritised for participation based on these criteria.

Where will the training be held?​

In Semester 2, 2017 the professional learning will be delivered in the following areas: 

Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Camperdown, Corio, Lilydale, Maryborough, Melbourne, Melton, Seymour, Warrnambool, Wedderburn, and Werribee.

​If your service is located in or near one of these areas and meets the eligibility criteria, you can express your interest to participate in Semester 2, 2017 via the survey.

Let's Count Expression of Interest Survey

The Expression of Interest Survey for Semester 2, 2017 is open until 7 June 2017.

Further Let’s Count professional learning sessions are also planned to take place in in 2018 in the following areas (subject to change depending on demand). Expressions of interest will be sought for these areas in 2017 and 2018.

  • ​Ara​rat
  • Bairnsdale
  • Ballarat
  • Camperdown
  • Corio
  • Cranbourne
  • Dandenong
  • Eaglehawk
  • Echuca​
  • Frankston
  • Heywood
  • Horsham
  • Mildura
  • Morwell
  • Reservoir
  • Shepparton
  • Sunshine
  • Werribee
  • Wodonga
  • Wonthaggi

Priority postcodes for Let’s​ Count

The following postcodes are ranked in the lowest 20% in Victoria on the Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA), and services with funded kindergarten programs located in these postcodes may be eligible to participate in Let’s Count in 2016, 2017 or 2018.​

3019
3020
3021
3022
3025
3026
3047
3048
3060
3061
3066
3073
3074
3075
3081
3171
3174
3175
3177
3200
3214
3219
3223
3236
3250
3251
3264

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3318
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3355
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