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.