SRF Program

  • Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts.


    HIPPY is a two-year structured, home-based early learning and parenting program that empowers parents/carers to be their child’s first teacher. 
    HIPPY families spend up to 15 minutes per day doing educational activities together that creates a rich home-learning environment. 
    HIPPY equips parents to contribute to their child’s development and gives them the confidence to support their child to make the transition to school. 

    Detailed Costs

    The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia. Please contact the Brotherhood of St Laurence to find out more about this program.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: parents of children aged four to five years from disadvantaged communities. Families are enrolled through word of mouth, or via referrals from other agencies. 

    Program / practice descriptions and details: the HIPPY program is a two-year parent program commencing in the child's year prior to starting to school. Program benefits for children are:

    • encouraging a love of learning
    • maximising their chances of enjoying and doing well at school
    • promoting language and listening skills and developing concentration
    • building self-esteem and confidence in learning
    • improving relationships between parents and children.
    Staffing:​ educators may wish to contact the Brotherhood of St Laurence​ HIPPY program to discuss referral pathways.

    Strength of Evidence

    Emerging research evidence

    2 stars out of 5