HIPPY welcomes new team in a strong start to the year

11 April 2024

SMRC’s Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) has welcomed three new tutors in 2024. Congratulations to Frozan, Sheila and Aleksandra! These tutors will embark on a journey of supporting parents and families engage their child in play-based, educational activities. The program includes a stream for children aged three and four-years-old.

The Age Four group recommenced their group program delivery in March and will be meeting every fortnight at SMRC to role play their activities. As a team, these families have an opportunity to share their own parenting wins and tips, and exchange ideas on how to engage children in everyday learning. This type of learning is key to encouraging literacy and numeracy in early childhood and sets children up for success in learning throughout their lives. The group meetings also reinforce the role that families play as their child’s first teacher and provide modeling families to do activities, promoting the importance of play-based learning and supporting social engagement and community connections for families and children.

Age Three gathering will commence in April with families eager to begin their journey. There are still a few spaces available for Age Three families to enrol.

To join HIPPY you must be: 

  • Living in the City of Greater Dandenong area in the following suburbs
    • Dandenong
    • Keysborough
    • Springvale
    • Yarraman
    • Noble Park
  • Caring for a child that is turning three on or before 1 May 2024.  

Fill in a short expression of interest below:

The Home Interaction program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services. The Brotherhood of St Laurence hold the license to operate HIPPY in Australia.

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