Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free two-year, home-based program. Our early learning and parenting program is an opportunity to learn and grow for parents as well as children.
Our HIPPY program is designed to fit into the daily routine of the family; our 60-week curriculum of learning activities assist your child’s achievements at school.
The first year of our HIPPY program takes place in the year prior to school; where parents learn about their child’s learning style and about the importance they play as their first teacher.
In the second year of our HIPPY program, parents are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to engage with schools about their child’s education.
One of our trained HIPPY tutors will walk through these activities with families in their own homes.
Families will spend 10 to 15 minutes per day participating in educational activities with their children.
What are the benefits of HIPPY?
Families benefit from our HIPPY program in the following ways:
- We help families to have fun learning together;
- We strengthen families’ links to the community;
- We build self-esteem and confidence of both parent and child.
All of our fun and educational storybooks and activity packs are free of charge.
Who is HIPPY for?
Children turning four years old before June the 30th of each year who can commence kindergarten may be eligible for our HIPPY program.
Our HIPPY program is currently available through Communicare for families residing in the following government areas:
- The City of Armadale;
- The Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale;
- The City of Gosnells;
- The City of Canning.
Our HIPPY Gosnells service operates from Cannington, Western Australia.
Our HIPPY Armadale service operates from Hilbert, Western Australia.
For more details about our locations please click here.
For more information on how to become a HIPPY parent, please email us at HIPPY@communicare.org.au.
Our HIPPY Armadale team can be contacted on 0438 925 545.
Our HIPPY Gosnells team can be contacted on 0417 993 021.
HIPPY is funded through the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.