HIPPY - Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters is a home-based programme that helps parents create experiences that lay the foundation for their children’s success in school and later life. The programme is designed specifically for those parents who may not feel comfortable in their own abilities to support their children’s education.
Great Potentials Foundation introduced HIPPY to New Zealand in 1992. HIPPY works with parents of 3 ½ to 6 year old children who live in low socio-economic areas with under-achievement in education. Some of the parents on the programme have additional challenges for success, such as English as a second language, and many of the children are not attending other early childhood education at the time of their enrolment on HIPPY.
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How HIPPY works
The 60 week curriculum, worked over two years, comprises 60 weekly workbooks with activities that develop both the cognitive and non-cognitive skills that are essential for children to become competent learners. The activities are linked to Te Whaariki, the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum policy statement, and the New Zealand curriculum, enabling children to transition successfully into school.
HIPPY is based on the premise that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. It is unique in that parents, through participation, develop the skills and confidence to take on this important role, so not only do the children benefit but so do the parents. Many parents, for whom school was a struggle, find they have talents they were unaware of and this is the beginning of a new phase in their life. HIPPY is truly a two-generational programme that, as well as settling children on a positive pathway through education, opens doors for mothers into training, education and employment.
Benefits of HIPPY
Benefits for HIPPY children
- HIPPY encourages a love of learning
- HIPPY children arrive at school ready to learn, and settle into the learning environment
- HIPPY children score better on measures of literacy, numeracy and understanding appropriate school behaviour than their non-HIPPY peers
- HIPPY children retain their competency in reading and numeracy skills
Benefits for HIPPY parents
- HIPPY parents are more likely than their peers to engage in positive educational activities with their children
- HIPPY parents are more likely than their peers to become involved in school activities with their children
- HIPPY parents are more likely than their peers to seek further education for themselves
- HIPPY creates employment and training opportunities
Benefits for HIPPY families
- Helps create a learning environment at home
- Increases parents’ knowledge of child development and the way children learn
- Provides parents with opportunities to enjoy positive time with their children
- Enables parents to be actively involved in their children’s education
- Supports parents to meet regularly and promotes a sense of inclusion and connectedness with their community
- Increases parents’ self-confidence
- Has an overall positive impact on family relationships
- Promotes language and listening skills and develops concentration
- Builds self esteem and confidence in learning
- Improves communication between parents and children
The HIPPY Method HIPPY bilingual storybooks
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Audio books are in Te Reo Māori, Tongan and Samoan, and make up a very important aspect of HIPPY learning through storytelling.
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Establishing a HIPPY programme
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