HIPPY is a two-year, home-based, early learning and parenting program for families with young children. It is the most effective way to provide early childhood learning in the home, improving children’s school-readiness.

Children’s earliest and most powerful learning comes from their family. Through a structured education program, HIPPY helps parents lay the foundations for success at school by teaching their child literacy, numeracy and language skills as well as physical skills, so they develop a love of learning that lasts throughout their lives.

HIPPY children graduate from the program with literacy and numeracy skills above the Australian average. The program:

  • encourages a love of learning;
  • increases the likelihood that children enjoy and do well at school;
  • promotes language, listening and concentration skills;
  • builds children’s self-esteem and confidence in learning; and
  • improves relationships between parents and children.

Over two years, HIPPY children work through weekly or fortnightly packs of play-based, educational activities with their parents and family. They are encouraged to ask questions and try new things; developing their confidence and passion for learning, which enables school-readiness.

Parents are supported to shape their child’s learning opportunities around their strengths and interests; and to bring learning off the activity pack page and into the world. We call it ‘Everywhere Learning’: parents take HIPPY activities to everyday situations or in places, encouraging other family members to get involved.

Out of the children graduating from HIPPY in 2019:

  • 98% perform above average in abstract, pre-numeracy skills
  • 79% perform above average in literacy skills
  • 90% of parents reported that their child was school-ready because of HIPPY
  • 93% of parents report overwhelming enjoyment of HIPPY by their children.

The Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) recognises the importance of listening and incorporating children’s voices into the design and delivery of children and family programs. BSL believes in a focus on child agency and listening to the input of children participating in HIPPY.

Learn more about HIPPY Australia .

HIPPY research reports

By Julie Connolly and Roxanne Chaitowitz 2020

By enlisting and supporting parents as tutors, the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) creates a transitional labour market that helps these parents develop their goals and improve their job opportunities.

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By Julie Connolly and Shelley Mallett 2020

The most comprehensive study to date has investigated the impact of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) on the Australian children and parents who take part.

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HIPPY Research Studies Launch

On February 11 2021, the results of the above two landmark studies showing how our HIPPY program changes educational trajectories for children facing disadvantage and job trajectories for women were presented. The reports were launched by the Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston via pre-recorded video due to COVID restrictions. Click below to watch Minister Ruston’s recording, and preview photos from the day. Thank you to all who attended the event, held at one of our HIPPY provider sites, ac.care in South Australia.