HIPPY Australia is pleased to announce Life Without Barriers will deliver at our new site in Rockhampton, Queensland. Congratulations to Life Without Barriers who delivers the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in two other communities in Queensland (Deception Bay) and Victoria (Whittlesea). Rockhampton joins a network delivering the program to over 4,500 families per year in 100 communities.
Rockhampton was recently identified by the Australian Government as a community that would benefit from access to HIPPY, supporting improved early learning outcomes in the Central Queensland region along with neighbouring site HIPPY Mount Morgan.
HIPPY is a two-year, home-based early learning and parenting program that empowers parents to be their child’s first teacher and assists the child to be school ready. The program addresses the long-term social consequences of disadvantage and supports the increased workforce participation of parents. HIPPY achieves outcomes for children, and families on the program, supports local training and employment and builds strong communities.
HIPPY Australia National Manager Marian Pettit said, “HIPPY assists children to be more confident and competent at school, which lay the foundations for greater achievement in life. We welcome Life Without Barriers as the new provider at our Rockhampton site. Their application demonstrated local connections and a solid knowledge of, and vision for, HIPPY. Their strong commitment to services supporting children and families and evidenced local partnerships will be great assets to the program.”
HIPPY has been subject to rigorous independent research evaluation, which has shown that children who took part in HIPPY generally begin the program with numeracy and literacy skills well behind the Australian average. After two years they had caught up, and their cognitive skills equalled those of other children. HIPPY achieves outcomes for families with over 80% of parents being more confident as their child’s first teacher and 97% of parents reporting feeling a greater sense of confidence when communicating with staff at their child’s school.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence started HIPPY in Australia in 1998 and is responsible for supporting the community organisations that operate it across the nation. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia. The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Enrolments for HIPPY Rockhampton will commence shortly in early 2019 as the site is established. For more information about HIPPY Rockhampton, contact HIPPY Australia on 03 9445 2400.