Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity.
Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.
Let’s Count is an early math intervention program developed by The Smith Family, Professor Bob Perry from Charles Sturt University and Associate Professor Ann Gervasoni from Monash University.
The program aims to support early childhood educators and parents to develop the mathematics skills of children in their care. This is done by noticing, exploring and talking about numbers, counting, measurements and patterns in their everyday lives.
To be confirmed: The cost for this program is approximately $1,000 per person for two days.
Target Population: early childhood educators.
Program/practice descriptions and details: this is a two-day training course. Participants are provided with an Educators' Handbook and Resource Pack during the program.
Program adaptability: the program includes content on how culture and language influence the way mathematics is learned. The program encourages educators to understand the context of individual families involved with the program including cultural and language differences. The provider has also produced a series of simple tip sheets for families in different languages.
Training requirements: training consists of two modules over approximately six weeks with an informal, in-service task to complete between modules.
Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
Factors to consider: services should consider how staff may be able to share the practice knowledge obtained from this resource with others at the service. This will ensure that improved approaches to practice or innovative ideas can be implemented across the service as a whole.
Australian experience: this program was designed in Australia and has been implemented in a number of locations in Victoria.