Each HIPPY site provides the opportunity for some parents to become HIPPY Tutors at the start of each year. Some parents applying to be a Tutor may be going back to work after a gap or might be going to work for the first time. We understand this can be daunting and we provide support for parents to make this transition. Tutors are part-time positions where the parent is employed by the local HIPPY provider to work with the Coordinator to deliver the program to HIPPY parents in their community.
As a Tutor, you get training and work through activities with the Coordinator ahead of visiting families. You get knowledge about early childhood education, the theory behind it, and connecting with other services in the area. You can also gain the opportunity to train or pursue further study such as accredited training or workplace-focussed corporate training.
HIPPY parents who are not employed as Tutors are also supported to access training and professional development opportunities, and are provided with referrals to employment or training services.
Working as a Tutor makes me feel satisfied and happy. HIPPY provides an opportunity for me to learn how to be my child’s first teacher. HIPPY is a fun program and we are learning so many things. My whole family is involved in learning through HIPPY! I am so happy for having the opportunity to work as a Tutor. I learned how to spend quality time with my child, with other HIPPY parents and even my friends. I have gained lot of confidence because of HIPPY. Thank you, HIPPY!
Story from a HIPPY Tutor (October 2015)