Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters

hip3“My son did the HIPPY program and he loved every minute of it. His teacher was amazed to see how much he knew when he started pre-kinder – his knowledge of numbers, adding and subtracting, his hand writing and the fact he could write his name. He is now in grade one and helps the other children in his class with their work. And his reports are always excellent.” –Kim.

Tasmania continued to perform poorly compared to other Australian states and territories in the 2013 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy school results. Of the 20 assessment categories, Tasmania recorded the second lowest result in 14 categories. (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy Summery Report 2013).

HIPPY is a home based parenting and early childhood enrichment program that works with parents and carers of young children to help them be their child’s first teacher. It empowers and supports them to guide their preschool age children’s early learning experiences and help their children realise success by beginning school ready to learn.

The two year program is delivered in Clarendon Vale, Rokeby, Mornington and Warrane. Children are enrolled in the year before they begin school. The first year aims to provide children with exposure to fun, stimulating and varied learning experiences, and the opportunity to learn new concepts and consolidate emerging skills. The second year builds on this by introducing more information about children’s learning and development for the parent.

Parents participating in HIPPY with their child have the opportunity to be employed and trained as HIPPY home tutors. Home tutors visit parents on a regular basis, providing support, advice, activities and educational resources.

The program

  • Encourages a love of learning
  • Maximizes chances of enjoyment and doing well at school
  • Promotes language and listening skills and develops concentration
  • Builds self-esteem and confidence in learning
  • Improves communication between parents and children
  • Helps create a learning environment at home
  • Increases parents’ knowledge of child development and the way children learn
  • Provides parents with opportunities to enjoy positive time with their children
  • Enables parents to be actively involved in their children’s education
  • Increases self-confidence of parents
  • Has an overall positive impact on family relationships

For more information call 6214 6043.


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The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia”.

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