Do you have or care for a four-year-old?

HIPPY coordinator Nadia Abraham working with families on the road towards starting their school careers next year. STORY/PHOTO: Ute Schulenberg

HIPPY coordinator Nadia Abraham working with families on the road towards starting their school careers next year. STORY/PHOTO: Ute Schulenberg

Here’s the perfect way to give you and your child a good start in those early years of their school careers:

HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) is a two-year, home-based early education and parenting program that empowers parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher. It is a free fully-funded program offered to all families in the Nambucca Valley. With plenty of resources, the program offers parents activity books, home visits and meetings to support them and their four-year-olds on the learning curve of numbers, letters, shapes and sounds. 

Two tutors (themselves local parents) are also employed casually to assist parents.

“We acknowledge that parents and carers are children’s first teachers so we support and encourage them in that role,” coordinator Nadia Abraham said.

HIPPY is aimed at reaching families whose children are not at preschool. It gently introduces the routine of school and helps overcome the anxiety that comes with the big step. Last year 26 Valley families were enrolled.

Enrolments for 2017 are now open – for more information contact Nadia on 0457 160 138 or email hippycoordinator@miimi.org.au.

(The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia).

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