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.
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.
HIPPY coordinators, home tutors and parents are encouraged and assisted in training for employment.
Families are eligible if they:
Parents can become paid home tutors if they:
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:
Australian Government Department of Social Services
AXA Asia Pacific Holdings
City of Melbourne
City of Yarra
North Melbourne Community Centre
Learn more about the benefits of HIPPY, how your family can participate, and your nearest HIPPY location, on the HIPPY Australia website.
HIPPY AustraliaLevel 1, 219 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065Phone: (03) 9445 2400Email: hippyaustralia(at)bsl.org.au
View a full list of HIPPY locations around Australia »
The Brotherhood of St Laurence offers HIPPY at the following Victorian locations:
HIPPY FitzroyConnie Benn Centre160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065Phone: (03) 9426 1500
HIPPY North Melbourne49 Buncle Street, North Melbourne 3051 Phone: (03) 9320 4723
HIPPY Dallas Broadmeadows71–81 Pearcedale Parade, Broadmeadows, 3047Phone: (03) 93098531
HIPPY Frankston NorthMahogany Neighbourhood Centre, 26 Mahogany Ave, Frankston North 3200 Phone: (03) 9786 0724
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