HIPPY

Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters

At Clendon Park School we are pleased to support and promote the HIPPY programme to our community. The HIPPY programme was established in New Zealand in 1992 by the Great Potentials Foundation. The HIPPY mission is to ‘enable children to achieve school success by involving their parents/caregivers as their teachers'.

HIPPY is a home based programme that supports parents and caregivers in becoming actively involved in their four and five year old children's learning. It involves working with the support of a tutor, and with other parents and caregivers.

HIPPY gives your child the best possible start for school, your child is able to learn in a fun, comfortable non-threatening environment, and teaches them a lot of skills that will help them to achieve at school.

The outcomes of the HIPPY programme are;

  • 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
  • HIPPY parents/caregivers are more likely than their peers to engage in positive educational activities with their children
  • HIPPY parents/caregivers are more likely than their peers to become involved in school activities with their children
  • HIPPY parents/caregivers are more likely than their peers to seek further education for themselves

If you would like to know more about the HIPPY programme you can contact our HIPPY co-ordinator Celia Lambert ph: 266 5558 extn 129 and/or our HIPPY liaison Mrs Leanne Nathan ph: 267 6671 extn 731.