HIPPY – the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters – is a free two-year early-learning program that empowers parents and carers to be their children's first teacher in their homes. HIPPY contributes to children making a successful transition to school and beyond.
Families start HIPPY the year before their child starts school – usually around four years old – and continue during the first year of school. HIPPY is a voluntary program available around Australia, and is free for families.
HIPPY families spend 10 to 15 minutes a day, five days a week, doing educational activities together. Home tutors make regular weekly or fortnightly visits with parents and carers in their homes to work through the program activities. Parents are also encouraged to participate in regular parent group meetings.
The program is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.
Benefits of HIPPY
HIPPY lays the foundation for success at school. Using HIPPY storybooks and activity packs, parents teach their children literacy, numeracy and language skills so they are ready for school and develop a love of learning that lasts throughout life.
HIPPY builds the confidence and skills of parents and carers to be involved in their children’s learning. It helps parents create a positive environment for learning at home. HIPPY’s educational activities increase quality time and communication within families.
HIPPY supports the community organisations that operate the program in each area in order to encourage families to become more involved in their local communities. HIPPY creates opportunities for parents to meet and learn together.
Training and employment
HIPPY coordinators, home tutors and parents are encouraged and assisted in training for employment.
Who is eligible?
Families are eligible if they:
- have a child who will start school the following year
- live in a HIPPY community
- can do the HIPPY activities at a regular time each day
- are willing to commit to two years to complete the program.
Parents can become paid home tutors if they:
- are taking part in the HIPPY program with their own child
- can dedicate 15 hours a week for two years to the job
- are looking for pathways back into the workforce, including qualifying for a Certificate III in Community Services.
Features of HIPPY include:
- helps children get ready for school, and strengthens their classroom involvement at school
- builds the confidence and skills of parents and carers to create a positive home-learning environment
- creates employment and training opportunities for HIPPY coordinators, home tutors and parents
- supports local community organisations to operate HIPPY and strengthen communities.
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.
We acknowledge the following partners for their valuable contributions to the development and implementation of HIPPY in Australia:
Visit the HIPPY website
Learn more about the benefits of HIPPY, how your family can participate, and your nearest HIPPY location, on the HIPPY Australia website.
View a full list of HIPPY locations around Australia »
The Brotherhood of St Laurence offers HIPPY at the following Victorian locations:
Connie Benn Centre
160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Phone: (03) 9426 1500
HIPPY North Melbourne
49 Buncle Street,
North Melbourne 3051
Phone: (03) 9320 4723
HIPPY Dallas Broadmeadows
71–81 Pearcedale Parade,
Phone: (03) 93098531
HIPPY Frankston North
Mahogany Neighbourhood Centre,
26 Mahogany Ave,
Frankston North 3200
Phone: (03) 9786 0724