Let’s Count

Let’s Count is an early maths intervention program that helps children develop math skills through everyday activities.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 Foundational research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains: Language and cognitive development interest in literacy/numeracy and memory
  • Item cost: No upfront cost to High (>$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

Let’s Count is an early maths intervention program developed by The Smith Family, Charles Sturt University and Monash University. It aims to support early childhood educators, other early years professionals and parents to develop the mathematics skills of children in their care. This is done by noticing, exploring and talking about the mathematics that exists in their everyday lives.

Detailed cost

  • Participants can access the online training or attend a face-to-face session funded by the Federal Government free of charge. Contact the provider for details.
  • Services can also arrange for groups of educators (minimum 10 to maximum 20) to attend a face-to-face Let's Count program at a location of their choice at a cost of $2,200 (excluding GST).
  • Travel costs may apply depending on location. Contact provider for further information.

Implementation considerations

Target population: early childhood educators and other early years professionals.

Program/practice descriptions and details: this is a two-day training course. Participants receive an Educators' Handbook and Resource Pack. Training consists of two modules over approximately four to six weeks, with an informal, in-service task to complete between modules.

Participants will be encouraged to put learnings from sessions into practice and share examples of successes at subsequent sessions. This is intended to promote learning and collaboration. Following attendance at the second session, participants will gain access to the 'Online Digital Bag'.

Program adaptability: the program includes content on how culture and language influence the way mathematics is learned. It encourages participants 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.

Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

Factors to consider: consider how staff might share practice knowledge with others at the service, and how improved approaches or innovative ideas could be implemented across the service.

Australian experience: this program was designed in Australia and has been implemented in a number of locations in Victoria.

VEYLDF alignment

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.