Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood programme that helps parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher.

HIPPY builds the skills of parents and carers to help prepare their child for school.

The programme also offers some parents and carers a path to employment and local community leadership.

Parents and their children enrol in the programme in the year before the child commences formal school and participate for two years. The programme activities are designed to be integrated into the daily life of the family. The first year of the programme focuses on pre literacy and pre numeracy skills. The second year extends these activities and provides parents with additional information about children's learning and development.

Each programme location is staffed by a qualified coordinator and a team of home tutors, who are usually past or current parents participating in the programme who live in the community.

HIPPY Programme Guidelines (2015-2018) have been developed to outline the arrangements for the implementation and ongoing delivery of HIPPY in the 100 communities.

What funding is available?

More than $100 million has been committed to HIPPY to support ongoing programme delivery and expand the programme to an additional 50 locations, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Once fully implemented HIPPY will be operating in 100 locations across Australia, targeting around 4000 children each year.

New HIPPY communities for 2015

The new HIPPY communities for 2015 have now been announced (and are listed below), with the programme to be established in each location later in the year.

The new Indigenous focussed communities have a strong need and desire for an early childhood programme and a population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 0-4 year olds to participate in HIPPY. HIPPY is open to all 4 and 5 year olds in the community.

The new HIPPY communities for 2015 are:

NSW

Goonellabah and Surrounds
Kempsey
Nambucca and Surrounds
Taree - Forster
Wyong and Surrounds

Victoria

Mooroopna and Surrounds
Whittlesea

Queensland

Cairns Central
Cairns South
Cherbourg
Cooktown and Surrounds
Deception Bay
Doomadgee
Northern Peninsula Area

South Australia

Port Augusta

Western Australia

Broome and Surrounds
Bunbury – Collie
Hedland
Kalgoorlie – Boulder
Midland and Surrounds
Mowanjum - Derby

Tasmania

Brighton

Northern Territory

Darwin North
Millingimbi Island
Tennant Creek

Programme provider selection for 2015 locations

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) who manages the programme via HIPPY Australia is undertaking a process to select programme providers to deliver HIPPY in the new 2015 communities.

If you are interested in being a HIPPY provider, please go to the HIPPY Australia website.

Programme delivery continues in 2015

HIPPY is currently being delivered in 75 communities across Australia, including 25 Indigenous focussed communities that commenced in 2014. A list of locations in which HIPPY is delivered is included in the HIPPY Fact Sheet and on the HIPPY Australia website.

Want to know more?

Visit the HIPPY Australia website for further information on the programme.

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