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Free, at-home program that supports parents to be their child's first teacher

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free, at-home program that supports parents to be their child’s first teacher. Over two years, HIPPY uses a play-based program that sets children up to succeed at school. The program fits into a family’s daily life, with resources and materials designed to be completed in 10 to 15 minutes, five days per week.

HIPPY supports parents and families by:

  • Encouraging children to learn in various ways,
  • improving a child’s early understanding of language, numbers, listening and thinking,
  • increasing a parent’s knowledge of their child’s development and learning style,
  • strengthening the relationship between a parent and child through positive and engaging interactions,
  • providing opportunities for parents and carers to play an active role in their child’s education,
  • developing confident parents and carers,
  • supporting parents and carers to build community links.

HIPPY is funded through the Australian Government Department of Social Services. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.


I love doing HIPPY with my son, I can see he has come such a long way with his speech and learning since we started. It just blows me away!
HIPPY Parent

Next Steps

Our HIPPY Gosnells service operates from Cannington, Western Australia, while our HIPPY Armadale service operates from Hilbert, Western Australia.

To get started with HIPPY, please fill out the contact form on the location finder below.



    140 Ninth Road, Hilbert, 6112, WA

    Cannington Cecil Ave

    28 Cecil Avenue, Cannington, 6107, WA 9251 5777

    Service Enquiry


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