We have been providing day care in Perth suburbs such as Vic Park long enough to notice significant patterns. One important pattern is that children whose parents act as their teachers during their early years tend to have a great “head start” towards the educational process.
The Australian Government has a program designed to empower parents to become their child’s first teachers. It is called “Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters” or “HIPPY.” HIPPY provides help for both parents and carers to help them develop the skills and confidence that allow them to have significant positive impact on children.
HIPPY helps parents and carers turn the home into a positive environment for learning. This helps prepare the children for school. Some carers and parents go on to employment in the field or to positions of leadership in the community. There are 100 projected locations across Australia, designed to serve as many as 2,350 children per year.
How it Works
Parents, along with their children, enrol in the programme one year before formal school begins. They stay in the programme for two years. HIPPY consists of activities that are designed to be integrated into daily family activities. In year one, the activities are designed to develop pre-numeracy and pre-literacy skills. In year two, the year one activities are extended and parents are provided more information that can help with development.
HIPPY locations are staffed by home tutors who are supervised by a tertiary qualified coordinator. The home tutors make regular visits to help the parents. Parents are also encouraged to attend parents’ meetings. Most home tutors are former or current parents who are paid, trained and supported through the program.
Cuddles Child Care
For more information about Cuddles Childcare Centres: see the contact information at the bottom of the page.
To learn more about HIPPY and their locations in Cannington and Rockingham, visit their website: http://www.hippyaustralia.org.au/site_contacts.html.