• "It was outstanding. The children were totally captivated and engaged. I was really impressed with the content and at how much information the children have retained."
    Alison Bailey, Princes Street Primary School, TAS

  • "Very engaging! The students were highly motivated to participate in the lesson. The instructions are explicit and the information is highly relevant. Thank you."
    Katrina Durrant, Oatley Public School, NSW

  • "All of the teachers have spoken very highly of the professional and stimulating quality of the presentations, and the educationally sound nature of the content."
    Merryl Macey, Goodna State School, QLD

  • "Having the kids involved through movement and role play was a clever way of making it ‘real’ for them. Congratulations on delivering such a great program!"
    Narelle Maher, Nixon Street Primary School, TAS

  • "Feedback from staff was excellent and they have already asked if we could have a return visit next year."
    Jenny Gordon, Port Wakefield Primary School, SA

  • "The presenter was very confident around young students, she outlined her behavioural expectations clearly, and engaged the students right from the start."
    Alison Bannister, Mackay Christian College, Junior School - Providence Campus, QLD

Be clever with your coins!

It’s never too early to teach children the value of money. Research indicates that it is crucial to develop financial literacy skills from an early age. The Start Smart Primary program teaches these skills in a way that students can understand and enjoy. It was developed with a panel of leading specialists in primary education, cognitive development, instructional design and financial literacy.

The following workshops are available:

Year 1

In this workshop, students learn about money as a concept – what it's worth, and how to keep it safe. Guided by Captain Cash or Money Girl, students are excited about becoming superheroes with their money. By challenging them to 'Speed to Their Needs' and 'Wait for Their Wants', students are able to distinguish between their needs and wants, and prioritise spending accordingly. Using fun rhymes, hands-on activities and colourful characters, this workshop puts students on a lifelong path of practising solid financial habits.

Several concepts are covered, including:

• an introduction to notes and coins
• recognition of Australian currency
• keeping money safe
• the difference between needs and wants
• using money in exchange for goods and services

This workshop runs for 45-60 minutes.

Once you’ve booked a workshop, you’ll also gain access to engaging online support resources for teaching money management in the classroom.

Click here to find out more about Start Smart Teacher Resources.

Click here to see how this workshop maps to the National Consumer & Financial Literacy Framework.

Year 2

Captain Cash returns in this workshop, to request help from students in preparation for a mission to ‘space school’. Students are challenged to use addition and subtraction to aid our superhero with his/her Space School supplies, during their visit to the Space Shopping Centre.

Several concepts are covered, including:

• counting Australian notes and coins
• exploring the connection between addition and subtraction
• addressing complex needs and wants
• exploring ideas, characters and settings in a community

This workshop runs for 45-60 minutes.

Once you’ve booked a workshop, you’ll also gain access to engaging, online support resources for teaching money management in the classroom.

Click here to find out more about Start Smart Teacher Resources.

Click here to see how this workshop maps to the National Consumer & Financial Literacy Framework.

Year 3

Introducing Coach Cash: personal money trainer. Through a range of activities, students are inspired to become ‘cashletes’, who develop their money muscles through making savvy spending decisions. Using a practical, comparative shopping exercise, students are encouraged to understand factors that influence their spending. This workshop will equip your students with the skills and knowledge they need to develop money saving habits and spend smarter.

Several concepts are covered, including:

• credit cards and keycards
• earning money
• spending habits
• comparative shopping
• maximising savings

This workshop runs for 45-60 minutes.

Once you’ve booked a workshop, you’ll also gain access to engaging, online support resources for teaching money management in the classroom.

Click here to find out more about Start Smart Teacher Resources.

Click here to see how this workshop maps to the National Consumer & Financial Literacy Framework.

Year 4

Coach Cash returns with his/her mission of training students to become fully fledged ‘cashletes’. This workshop reinforces and expands on the concepts of credit cards/keycards, earning money, spending habits, comparative shopping and maximising savings, further enhancing students’ money management skills.

Several concepts are covered, including:

• representing monetary values in multiple ways
• counting change required for simple transactions
• solving problems involving purchases
• introducing budgets

This workshop runs for 45-60 minutes.

Once you’ve booked a workshop, you’ll also gain access to engaging online support resources for teaching money management in the classroom.

Click here to find out more about Start Smart Teacher Resources.

Click here to see how this workshop maps to the National Consumer & Financial Literacy Framework.

Year 5

This highly practical workshop gives students a readily applicable framework for realistic financial goal setting, by encouraging them to ‘See It, Earn It, Save It’. Using engaging activities, students learn about opportunities to earn money now, and are excited about making their savings goals a reality. By encouraging creativity and smart saving, students are empowered to start looking after their money both short and long term. 

Several concepts are covered, including:

• goal setting
• earning money
• saving strategies
• interest
• banks

This workshop runs for 45-60 minutes.

Once you’ve booked a workshop, you’ll also gain access to engaging online support resources for teaching money management in the classroom.

Click here to find out more about Start Smart Teacher Resources.

Click here to see how this workshop maps to the National Consumer & Financial Literacy Framework.

Year 6

In this workshop, students share stories that show how creative people can be when finding ways to reach their financial goals. Focusing on fundraising strategies, students’ are put into teams to manage and raise money for a school event. These practical exercises develop students’ confidence in managing their financial future.

Several concepts are covered, including:

• investigating efficient ways of achieving financial goals
• implementing a specific saving strategy
• developing confidence in managing their financial futures

This workshop runs for 45-60 minutes.

Once you’ve seen or booked a workshop, you’ll also gain access to engaging online support resources for teaching money management in the classroom.

Click here to find out more about Start Smart Teacher Resources.

Click here to see how this workshop maps to the National Consumer & Financial Literacy Framework.

Our Facilitators:

Start Smart sessions are delivered by a national team of outstanding facilitators. The facilitators bring their own individual styles and energy to the task of engaging students and equipping them with money management skills for life.

To secure your place, register your school today!
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