HIPPY – Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters
HIPPY is a home-based programme that supports parents to be involved in their children’s learning. Children start HIPPY programmes when they are 3½ to 4½ years old and work with their parents for 15 minutes a day, for 30 weeks of the year over two years.
The HIPPY programme includes 60 weekly workbooks with lesson plans, 18 storybooks and supporting materials and these activities are complemented by what children learn at their local early childhood education centre, kohana reo or language nest.
Parents help their children to develop cognitive skills including language, problem solving, logical thinking, perceptual and other school readiness skills. All HIPPY activities can be linked to learning outcomes in the early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whaariki, or the New Zealand Curriculum Framework for primary schools.
HIPPY Tutors & Results
Parents who have recently completed or are currently working on a HIPPY programme with their own child can train to tutor other parents in the HIPPY method. Being in the same community as other parents with young children gives tutors a deep understanding of the families they support and they can form trusting relationships.
HIPPY children start school ready to learn and able to settle into the learning environment. They often score better on measures of literacy, numeracy and understanding appropriate school behaviour than non-HIPPY peers and retain their reading and numeracy skills.
ATWC supports the HIPPY programme which is based at its St Mary’s Centre headquarters in Otahuhu and run by Great Potentials.