Children’s learning outcomes improve: Initial findings of research into our HIPPY program
Initial findings of research into our national HIPPY early learning and parenting program indicate children’s learning outcomes improve by doing HIPPY.
Senior Research Fellow Tim Gilley from our Research and Policy Centre is at the Australian Institute of Family Studies conference in Melbourne this week, making a poster presentation of preliminary findings of his longitudinal research into the program.
- Children’s learning outcomes were shown to improve
- Families are highly engaged in HIPPY activities with their children and learning in the home improves, and
- The majority of families are disadvantaged and would benefit from HIPPY.
Families start HIPPY the year before their child starts school – usually around four years old – and continue during the first year of school. HIPPY families spend 10 to 15 minutes a day, five days a week, doing educational activities together. Home tutors make regular weekly or fortnightly visits with parents and carers in their homes to work through the activities. Parents are also encouraged to participate in regular parent group meetings.Find out more about HIPPY and about the work of our Research and Policy Centre .