HIPPY provides your child with a structured, education-focused program that lays the foundations for success at school. You teach your child literacy, numeracy and language skills as well as physical skills so they are school-ready and develop a love of learning that lasts throughout their lives.
HIPPY benefits your child by:
The HIPPY approach is based on evidence that children’s earliest and most powerful learning comes from their family. This evidence shows that encouraging literacy and numeracy in early childhood sets children up for success in learning throughout their lives.
Over two years (in the years before and after starting school), HIPPY children work through weekly or fortnightly packs of play-based, educational activities with their parents and family. They are encouraged to ask questions and try new things, developing their confidence and passion for learning, which enables school-readiness.
You are supported to shape your child’s learning opportunities around their strengths and interests; and to bring learning off the activity pack page and into the world. We call it ‘Everywhere Learning’: parents take HIPPY activities to everyday situations or in places, encouraging other family members to get involved.
My son has always been a shy child and so I jumped at the chance to do the HIPPY with him in the hope that it would prepare him with the skills required for kindy. We also attend the fortnightly Group Meetings with other HIPPY parents and it’s not unusual for him to turn his back on people when they are trying to talk to him, and so it was no surprise that when we first attended group, my son would not leave my side and would not talk to anybody. As the weeks went on he eventually started with the odd hello to his Tutor and familiar faces. Over time he became less reserved and involved himself in activities he usually wouldn’t join in. At today’s group he left my side without any prompting and played outside for the entire morning. I saw a new confidence in him. Attending Group Meetings has really helped my son socially and this will have such a positive impact when it comes to starting kindy next year.
Story from a HIPPY parent (October 2015)
As a learning program, HIPPY aims to instil a love of learning in both children and their HIPPY parents by:
Research points conclusively to the crucial importance of the early years in shaping and influencing lifelong outcomes and development. Experiences early in life will impact significantly on childhood learning and development, and on adult education, emotional wellbeing, and physical and mental health outcomes.