Samaritans provides the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in Kempsey.
HIPPY is a free two-year program that supports parents and carers to help children make a successful transition to school and beyond.
HIPPY is designed to fit in around daily family life. Parents are asked to spend 10-15 minutes a day doing fun educational activities with their child while a trained HIPPY tutor will meet with families at home each week or fortnight to practice the HIPPY activities.
The HIPPY approach is based on evidence that children’s earliest and most powerful learning comes from their family. HIPPY starts one year before Kindergarten and encourages children to ask questions, try new things and develop their confidence and passion for learning.
In the first year of the program, families learn skills to get their children ready for school and in the second year, parents learn more about supporting their children’s learning and development at school and at home.
Who we assist
HIPPY can support families who:
- Hold a Health Care Card
- Have a child who is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- Are caring for a child in the Permanency Support Program (foster care)
- Are single parent families
- Speak English as a second language
Are you interested in being part of the HIPPY family? Call us today!