How HIPPY Works
- Great Potentials Foundation holds the contract for HIPPY NZ and oversees the funding, programme delivery and management of local HIPPY sites.
- Each Site is staffed by a HIPPY coordinator and a team of Tutors.
- HIPPY Tutors are past or current parents participating in the programme who live in the local community. Tutors are paid employees and receive training.
- Parents and children enrol in the programme in the year before the child commences formal school and participate in the programme for 2 years.
- Tutors maintain regular contact with parents, supporting them in the family’s home as they work through the programme.
- Parents are encouraged to participate in fortnightly group meetings which are facilitated by the site Coordinator with the assistance of their Tutors.
- The first year of HIPPY provides children with activities which support pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills.
- The second year extends these activities and provides additional information about children’s learning and development for parents and carers.
- Role-play is used by home tutors to facilitate parental understanding of how to do the activities.
MATES Manager recipient of 2015 Vodafone NZ Foundation World of Difference award
MATES programme manager Shana Malio-Satele has been awarded the Vodafone NZ Foundation World of Difference award for 2015. Here she is pictured with the other 2015 recipients.
Prime Minister John Key’s Visit to the Takanini Family Service Centre
On Friday 8th August we had some very special guests visit the Takanini Family Service Centre – Prime Minister John Key and Judith Collins. Here they are with Family Service Centre staff, and Great Potentials Chairman Angus Fletcher.