New project makes counting child’s play

Additional help: Clair Bell with 11-month old Noah at the launch of Count Me In
Additional help: Clair Bell with 11-month old Noah at the launch of Count Me In
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Pre-school children in Calderdale will get a head for numbers after Yorkshire Bank launched a numeracy scheme.

Count Me In 123 is a national community-based project aimed at helping under-fives across the country develop numeracy skills via interactive play at home.

It provides youngsters with access to free learning packs offering a firm foundation in mathematics - something experts believe will result in improved numeracy skills later in life.

The programme, funding by Yorkshire Bank and Calderdale Council, was launched at Halifax Central Library, where parents and children enjoyed a storytelling session and received an exclusive first look at the scheme’s numeracy packs before it is rolled out across all 22 libraries in Calderdale.

Jacqui Atkinson, community affairs manager at Yorkshire Bank, said: “Count Me In 123 allows Yorkshire Bank to share its expertise with our local communities. We’re delighted to celebrate the launch with local children this week and hope to encourage as many families as possible to take part in the programme to help give youngsters a head start in maths before they go to school.”

Councillor Pauline Nash, portfolio holder for cultural srvices at Calderdale Council said: “Count Me In 123 has been proven to help children develop their mathematical understanding at a young age and we are delighted that Yorkshire Bank has helped us to introduce this to families in Calderdale.

“Providing tools to help children grasp some of the simple concepts in maths will offer an invaluable introduction to numeracy skills before they start primary school,” she added.

The packs will be available to borrow from all Calderdale libraries from the middle of this month.