You will deliver a specifically designed and structured 60 week curriculum of learning activities to assist your child to achieve at school. Activities and storybooks are fun and educational, and are aligned to the Australian Early Years Framework and National Quality Standards (NQS). The activities will make sense to you and allow your child to have a go.
HIPPY is designed to fit into the daily life of the family. HIPPY families spend around 10 to 15 minutes a day, five days a week, doing educational activities together.
Home Tutors schedule regular weekly or fortnightly visits with you to discuss and work through the program activities in the family’s home. You are also encouraged to participate in regular parent Group Meetings.
Each HIPPY program is staffed by a qualified Coordinator and a team of Home Tutors. Home Tutors are usually parents participating in the program who live in your community. Home Tutors are paid employees and receive training and support from the Coordinator. Becoming a Home Tutor can offer you a pathway to training and employment and fosters community leadership.
HIPPY is in 100 communities across Australia. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia and the program is fully funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services. Through HIPPY Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence licences over 60 community organisations to run HIPPY locally, and recognises that local organisations and people know their communities best. HIPPY Australia supports each of the 100 sites to deliver HIPPY in their communities.
The first experimental HIPPY program was set up in 1969 by Professor Avima Lombard. The research project was designed to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of home-based education intervention involving mothers and their preschool children from educationally disadvantaged sectors of society.
Today, HIPPY operates in eleven countries across the world, while HIPPY-inspired programs exist in six other countries. The different programs maintain strong networking links, and share materials, research and experience. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence with HIPPY International to deliver the program in Australia.
The first HIPPY site in Australia started in Melbourne in 1998, delivered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Twenty families were enrolled, with three Home Tutors employed to work with families in their homes.
Through securing philanthropic funding and donations, the Brotherhood of St Laurence was able to sustain and grow the program.
Since 2008, the Australia Government has committed more than $100 million to support continuing program delivery in the first 50 locations and to expand the program to an additional 50 communities, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. The Brotherhood of St Laurence established HIPPY Australia to deliver this national expansion.