A free Home Interactive Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is available for Geraldton families with children who will turn four in 2014. This program actively supports families in creating a fun and stimulating learning environment in the home. Parents learn how to be more involved in their children’s development during the important early years, and in doing so, lay the foundation for success at school.
HIPPY parents meet as a group to work through activity packs, or alternatively, a tutor visits the home to explain and demonstrate the activities. Parents then share with their children in their own time, activities which include sorting, counting, and stories. Parents also learn how to include the learning experience in everyday activities.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is licenced to run HIPPY in Australia and the program is funded by the Department of Education. Child Australia delivers HIPPY in Geraldton.
To enrol or obtain more information, the program co-ordinator, Betty Bovell can be contacted on 0427 242 615, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org