HIPPY is based on the premise that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. It is unique in that parents, through participation, develop the skills and confidence to take on this important role, so not only do the children benefit but so do the parents.

Benefits for HIPPY children

  • HIPPY encourages a love of learning
  • 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

Benefits for HIPPY parents

  • HIPPY parents are more likely than their peers to engage in positive educational activities with their children
  • HIPPY parents are more likely than their peers to become involved in school activities with their children
  • HIPPY parents are more likely than their peers to seek further education for themselves
  • HIPPY creates employment and training opportunities

Benefits for HIPPY families

  • Helps create a learning environment at home
  • Increases parents’ knowledge of child development and the way children learn
  • Provides parents with opportunities to enjoy positive time with their children
  • Enables parents to be actively involved in their children’s education
  • Supports parents to meet regularly and promotes a sense of inclusion and connectedness with their community
  • Increases parents’ self-confidence
  • Has an overall positive impact on family relationships
  • Promotes language and listening skills and develops concentration
  • Builds self-esteem and confidence in learning
  • Improves communication between parents and children

HIPPY Contact: Faith Timu
 027 3460037  faith.timu@familyfocus.org.nz

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