HIPPY is a programme provided to parents and children at home and it is designed to assist parents develop confidence in preparing their child for academic learning and learning success at school. It also helps children to develop some responsibility for their learning, such as getting used to regularly focusing on a structured activity, and getting their pencils and books out.
It starts the year before children start school and families participate for two years.
A tutor who is a local person who has previously completed the programme visits the family and provides resources, role models ways of working with the child, and answers questions, etc.
Parents and children are asked to set aside 15 minutes a day to work together with storybooks, puzzles and learning games.
HIPPY is an American programme that has been shown by research to be effective in lifting the educational achievement of children. It is available in 32 low-income geographical areas in New Zealand and a boost of government funding will see the programme expand to 45 sites in 2015.
For more information go to: http://www.greatpotentials.org.nz