What is HIPPY?

HIPPY is a free home tutoring program for parents and their 4-5 year old children to promote early literacy. The program helps parents and their little ones prepare for formal schooling in the area of Whittlesea, Victoria, Rockhampton and Deception Bay, Queensland.

HIPPY is a two year program which helps to build parent or carer confidence as their child’s first teacher. Through free activity packs as well as visits from a trained HIPPY tutor, the program provides the tools parents and carers need, to learn and play for 10 to 15 minutes a day.

HIPPY is supported by research which shows that a child’s most powerful learning comes from their family, and getting a strong start at school sets children up for life.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.

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