The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is a free, home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program that helps children and parents get ready for school. The two-year program aims to encourage parents to become more involved in their child’s learning. Home tutors support parents/carers to be their child’s first teacher using structured materials and activities.
HIPPY is delivered into disadvantaged communities with families who have young children aged four and five. Playgroup Queensland currently coordinates two HIPPY sites located in Cairns North and Goodna.
- Encourages parents and children to love learning.
- Upskills parents to be their children’s first teachers.
- Gives children a strong start at school.
- Provides children with fun and interesting activities to help them learn.
- Supports parents and carers to meet and learn from other parents/carers.
- Encourages parents to become involved at school and in the community.
- Supports home tutors to develop the skills and work experience needed to get a job.
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY.