Parents, Carers & Families

Parent & Child Programs

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HIPPY

HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) is a two-year, home-based early learning and parent program for families with young children.

It empowers parents to become their preschool aged child’s first teachers – to provide tailored learning opportunities and support literacy, numeracy, language and physical skills in the lead up to school.

HIPPY provides parents with a structured program to work through with their child, which includes a range of free resources including activity books, games and storybooks. The program offers ongoing support through home-based (or video-based) visits every second week by a HIPPY home tutor. The home tutor helps parents to understand more about child development and learn ways to develop their child’s self esteem, confidence and love of learning. Parents also meet with a group of other parents participating in the program once every second week to share information, experiences and support.  Families attend the program for two years – through to the end of their child’s first year at school.

HIPPY is based on the belief in the power of home as a learning environment and parents as primary educators. The program helps children by:

  • encouraging a love of learning
  • maximising their chance of enjoying and doing well at school
  • promoting language and listening skills and developing concentration
  • building self-esteem and confidence in learning
  • improving relationships between parents and children.

Learning Links coordinates the program in the Riverwood and Cabramatta areas.

HIPPY Riverwood

Enrolments are now open for the 2021 HIPPY Riverwood program – commencing in March!

Eligibility

HIPPY Riverwood is for families in Riverwood, Peakhurst, Penshurst, Mortdale, Roselands, Narwee and Padstow.

To be part of the program in 2021, children need to be 4 years old in 2021 and starting school in 2022.

Parents do not need to be fluent in written or spoken English, as we welcome families from all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Contact

To find out more about HIPPY Riverwood, contact our Coordinator, Karen:

Email: kquine@learninglinks.org.au

Call: 0404 211 903

HIPPY Cabramatta

Enrolments are now open for the 2021 HIPPY Cabramatta program – commencing in March!

Eligibility

HIPPY Cabramatta is for families in Cabramatta or Cabramatta West.

To be part of the program in 2021, children need to be 4 years old in 2021 and starting school in 2022.

Parents do not need to be fluent in written or spoken English, as we welcome families from all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Our HIPPY tutors speak a range of languages including Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Khmer.

Contact

To find out more about HIPPY Cabramatta, contact our Coordinator, Lauren:

Email: lodonoghue@learninglinks.org.au

Call: 0431 794 153

Partners

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is licensed to operate HIPPY in Australia.

You can read more about the program here >

 

MyTime

MyTime groups provide facilitated peer support for parents, grandparents and anyone caring for children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition.

MyTime provides an informal group setting for you to socialise and share ideas and information with others who understand the rewards and intensity of caring for a child with special needs. Each group is facilitated by an experienced facilitator who will support parents in determining areas they would like in the program.

Your child can accompany you to groups until they reach school age, but you are responsible for them at all times. The groups have a play-helper to engage the children in fun supported activities whilst the parents and carers can share time with other parents.

Who can use this service?

Parents and carers of a child up to 16 years who have a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition and who are eligible for the Carer Allowance (Child).

Cost

Nil.

Contact

Our Peakhurst office on 8525 8222.

My Time, MyPlace Online Peer Support Groups

Learning Links runs scheduled online facilitated peer support groups to support parents at home. Delivered via a live video platform, the groups are for parents and carers of children aged 0-18 years old that have a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition.

MyTime, MyPlace will give you the opportunity to share your experiences with others who ‘get it’, learn about services and supports available to you, ask questions, and gain access to trusted and reliable information all from the comfort of your own home.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting project, please register your interest here.

Who can use this service?

Parents and carers in NSW of a child 0-18 years who have a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition.

Cost

Nil.

Register your interest for being part of the pilot program

Email mytime@learninglinks.org.au, call Rebecca, our MyTime Coordinator, on 0451 592 254 or register online.

Download the MyTime, MyPlace flyer.