Help­ing ru­ral kids be maths masters

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Two preschools in Nagam­bie will soon have the chance to im­prove their maths skills through a new early years pro­gram to be rolled out by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment.

Early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors at Nagam­bie Kinder­garten and Nagam­bie Preschool and Child­care 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.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said 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 coun­try Vic­to­ria will ben­e­fit from this vi­tal pro­gram that gives our kids the best start in life,’’ she said.

‘‘Maths is one of the foun­da­tions of essen­tial learn­ing and to make it fun . . . 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.’’

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