Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)
HIPPY is a free home tutoring program for parents and their 4-5 year olds to promote early literacy. The program helps parents and their little ones prepare for formal schooling in the area of Whittlesea, Victoria and Deception Bay, Queensland.
HIPPY is a two year program which helps to build parent or carer confidence as their child’s first teacher. Through free activity packs as well as visits from a trained HIPPY tutor, the program provides the tools parents and carers need, to learn and play for 10 to 15 minutes a day.
HIPPY is supported by research which shows that a child’s most powerful learning comes from their family, and getting a strong start at school sets children up for life.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.