HIPPY is a free two year program which aims to support families to develop a home environment that encourages the development of a love of learning. HIPPY gives you valuable, one-on-one time with your child and is designed to fit easily into your daily life, with 15 minutes a day, 5 days per week during school term being all it takes to set your child up for future success. The program runs for two years, beginning the year before compulsory schooling. Each HIPPY site provides the opportunity for some parents to become HIPPY Home Tutors at the start of each year. Home Tutors support you to provide your child with structured, education-focused activities that lay the foundation for success at school. Home Tutors will also support you in your own home to use the HIPPY materials provided in packs delivered weekly and fortnightly. These packs of books, stationary and learning activities are delivered in line with the four school terms.
The HIPPY approach is based on evidence that children’s earliest and most powerful learning comes from their family. This evidence shows that encouraging literacy and numeracy in early childhood sets children up for success in learning throughout their lives. HIPPY is delivered in 100 communities across Australia. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia and the program is fully funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services. Ngala delivers HIPPY across three Perth metropolitan sites based in Girrawheen, Midland and Rockingham. Children start the program in the year they turn 4 years old and are supported with their learning for the next two years.
To find out more about Ngala’s activities or the HIPPY Enrolment criteria and age requirements call Ngala on 9368 9368.
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.