How to be a HIPPY Parent!
You want to be a HIPPY Parent? You want to be what?!
To be a HIPPY parent you don’t need to wear bright clothing, grow your hair, or be vegan. All you need to do is have a love for learning and be open to learning new things to help you and your famaily.
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program targeting families with young children. HIPPY is a free, two-year, home-based program for families managed by Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care. The first year of the program commences in the year prior to the child attending Prep (3½ – 4 years old). During the second year of the program, the child may also be attending school (Prep). HIIPPY:-
• Empowers families to be their child’s first teacher
• Encourages a love of learning in children
• Is fun!
The HIPPY approach develops the foundations for learning in the home during children’s crucial early years. The benefits of the Program for children include encouraging a love of learning, it prepares children for school by developing skills & concentration, promotes language & listening and builds self-esteem & confidence. It increases the chances of a successful early school experience.
The benefits of the program for families include helping families create a learning environment at home, increases knowledge of how children learn and it allows families to enjoy fun, positive time with children.
How does the program work?
A Co-ordinator is employed to manage the day-to-day aspects of the program along with two Home Tutors. The Home Tutors do not need any formal qualifications as they are fully trained & supported by the HIPPY Co-ordinator. Home Tutors visit the homes of families enrolled and host regular group meetings with all participants. Home Tutors ‘role play’ activities with parents and the parent then spends time during the following week, completing the same activities with their child.
HIPPY Bundaberg is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education through the Home interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters.
For more information contact our Coordinator – Jenny on phone 4152 9233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is licensed to operate HIPPY in Australia