HIPPY-Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters
HIPPY is a FREE two-year, home-based early learning and parenting program that builds the confidence and skills of parents and carers to create a positive play and learning environment for their child.
HIPPY Tutors, who have all completed the program with their own child, attend weekly training sessions and then meet with families to deliver the program at home or in the Community.
In the first year of HIPPY (Age 3), families are supported to develop a positive PLAY and LEARNING environment for their child. In the second year of HIPPY (Age 4), the activities focus on preparing your child for School.
Families are supported to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of child development and to utilise the structured HIPPY Activity packs and story books. These activities support children's thinking & exploring, communication, creativity, social & emotional development and family & community.
Age 3 HIPPY-15 Packs per year & 7 storybooks (3 activities per pack, gradually increasing over the year to 4 activities)
Age 4 HIPPY-30 activity packs and 10 storybooks (5 activities per pack)
To do HIPPY you must be:
~Living in the Belmont, Belmont North, Charlestown, Charlestown South, Gateshead, Mt Hutton, Tingira Heights, Windale area; and
~Be caring for a child who is 3 or turning 3 by the 31st of July 2023
Please watch the below video to hear more about the HIPPY Program