Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters


A childs most influential teacher does not need a degree in mathematics or English literature. They dont even need to be a qualified teacher. A young childs best teacher could be found in the comfort of their own home, as parents make the best teachers.

Through the HIPPY program we help parents learn many things including:

  • how to be more involved in their childs learning
  • understanding more about child development and the way children learn
  • how to encourage a love of learning in children.

The benefit for children is that it helps children by:

  • preparing them for school
  • building their self-esteem and confidence in learning
  • providing opportunity to enjoy time with their parents.

HIPPY stands for Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters. Children can start HIPPY if they are three and a half to four and a half years old.

A trained tutor makes fortnightly home visits to explain the activities and parents then spend 15 minutes each weekday doing an activity with their child.

The program is entirely free. Would you like more information? Visit the HIPPY website www.hippyaustralia.org.au or contact the below:

HIPPY co-ordinator at Circular Head (@Rural Health) on 6452 1266.

HIPPY Smithton

Leanne Marsden
(03) 6452 1266
HIPPY co-ordinator at Burnie on 0409 440 839

HIPPY Burnie

Jen Lawes
Telephone 0409 440 839
HIPPY co-ordinator on the West Coast 0427 825 111

HIPPY West Coast

Mary-Ellen Gilleece
Mobile 0427 825 111

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

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