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Let’s Count is an evidence-based program managed by The Smith Family to support parents and early years educators to develop the maths skills of the children in their care by noticing, exploring, and talking about numbers, counting, measurement and patterns.

It was originally set up to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children in their years before starting school, and has proven to be a useful learning tool for all children. Since its launch in 2011, the program has helped over 168,000 children across the country with their maths skills.

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Have you or your team members been wondering about how much money you need to save for your retirement? Check out this super informative article below from our friends at Child Care Super to see what your retirement is looking like.

Claire, our Financial Best Friend - FBF, has been thinking about how much money she may need in retirement.

Claire: How much money I need in retirement has been on my mind a lot lately, especially in these unsettling times. I have also been speaking to my friends who are also worried about their super balances. It seems, few know how much they actually need to save in order to live a comfortable retirement.

To help provide some guidance, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s Retirement Standard (ASFA) has provided an estimate of how much money is required to support a modest or comfortable retirement depending on whether you are in a couple or single.

To estimate living costs of a ‘comfortable’, ‘modest’ or ‘pension’ based lifestyle, ASFA considered expenses like: clothing, electricity usage, food, transport and holidays. To understand more about the definition of these different lifestyles, check out this useful table.

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Did you know that most super funds offer Death, Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) and Income Protection insurance for their members?

This can be a cost-effective way to hold insurance. The premiums come out of your super, so when reviewing your insurance, check if you're covered through your super fund and weigh up the benefits.

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Early childhood educators play a pivotal role in giving Australia’s youngest generation a quality play-based learning experience, including kindergarten/preschool programs, before commencing formal schooling.

If you have a passion for working with children, enjoy being part of a team and want to make a positive difference to the lives of others, then early childhood education may be the right profession for you.