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HIPPY - home interaction programme for parents and youngsters


HIPPY is a home based programme that increases the chances of positive early school experiences for children from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  The programme is designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first educator.

Parents and their children aged between 3 ½ & 4 ½, enrol in the HIPPY programme for 30 weeks a year for two years. The first year of HIPPY provides children with activities which support pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills and the second year extents these activities and provides additional information about children’s learning and development for parents and carers.

HIPPY is cultuerally inclusive and provides story books in Te reo Maori, Tongan and Samoan.

Initially HIPPY tutors visit the parents in their own home for up to an hour a week and role play the activities in the provided workbook.  These activities support the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.  

Parents then spend 15 minutes a day, five days a week completing these fun activities with their children.  After the first three visits at home, parents are encouraged to participate in fortnightly HIPPY hui held at Te Aroha Noa, which are facilitated by the HIPPY coordinator and tutors.




Phone Jodie Matenga-Philips on 063582255

Alternatively Click here to email HIPPY