HIPPY for youngsters

HIPPY:  The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters

HIPPY Participants and Coordinator Clare Mclean


HIPPY is a two-year, home-based early childhood learning and parenting program that empowers parents and carers as their child’s first teacher.

Year one of the HIPPY program starts the year before school and parents learn skills that prepare their children for school.  The second year of HIPPY helps parents learn more about supporting their children’s learning and development at school and at home.

The program is a long-running successful, international program.  Parents do 10 – 15 minutes a day of educational activities with their children. A trained HIPPY Tutor meets with them regularly to support and practice the program.

Families who have been through the HIPPY program  show a number of benefits:

  • Parents are recognised as the child’s first teacher.
  • It builds self-esteem and confidence,
  • Families have fun learning together
  • Connections with community are strengthened through the program.

Children who are better prepared for school are very well equipped to be successful throughout their lives


HIPPY play and learning experiences

If you’re interested in the HIPPY program,

contact Clare Mclean (HIPPY Coordinator) on 9192 9640 or clare.mclean@yawuru.org.au

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services