Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)
What is HIPPY?
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a 2 year home-based program that empowers and supports parents to guide their pre-school age child’s early learning experiences and help their child realise success by beginning school with a love for learning. It is a program that is delivered to parents by home tutors through home visits and parent groups. Home visits last for about an hour and groups for 2 hours. Tutors are parents participating in the program and members of the same community.
How can HIPPY help your family?
- HIPPY empowers parents to be their child’s first teacher.
- HIPPY promotes school readiness and maximises the chances of a successful early school experience.
- HIPPY fosters parent involvement in school and community life.
- HIPPY builds self-esteem.
How old does my child need to be to start HIPPY?
Children are able to start HIPPY on the year that they are turning 4 and it is the year before they start school. Families take part for 2 years, during the year before a child starts formal schooling and during their first year of school.
How much does the HIPPY Program cost?
Joining HIPPY costs nothing, as this program is funded through the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
Who can join HIPPY?
Families who live in the West Tamworth, Hillvue, Coledale, Westdale and Oxley Vale areas, are looking to spend quality time with their children and wish to meet other families from the community.
Where can I get more information:
During the period of self-isolation for the COVID-19 pandemic, HIPPY Activities are being made available below.
Proudly supported by:
The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the license to operate HIPPY in Australia
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.