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HIPPY video thumbnailThe Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free, home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program that helps children and parents get ready for school.

HIPPY is about encouraging families to learn together. Families start HIPPY the year before their child starts school (usually around 4 years old) and continue during their first year of school.

HIPPY parents/carers work with their children, spending around 10 to 15 minutes a day, five days a week. A home tutor makes fortnightly home visits and regular group meetings allow families to support each other and take part in fun activities.

HIPPY is supported by research that shows that children’s most powerful learning comes from their family, and that getting a strong start at school sets children up for life.

Watch our video about HIPPY by clicking on the image above.

The HIPPY Mission

 HIPPY is dedicated to:

  • Encouraging parents and children to love learning
  • Giving parents skills and confidence to be their children’s first teachers
  • Giving children a strong start at school
  • Providing children with fun and interesting activities to help them learn
  • Supporting parents to meet and learn from other parents
  • Encouraging parents to become involved at school and in the community
  • Providing parents with the opportunity to become home tutors
  • Supporting home tutors to develop the skills and work experience needed to get a job