Life lessons learned at HIPPY

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Thirty HIPPY fam­i­lies cel­e­brated the end of year in style as eight chil­dren grad­u­ated the full two-year pro­gramme, each re­ceiv­ing a framed cer­tifi­cate, a HIPPY t-shirt, and other gifts in­clud­ing a con­tri­bu­tion from the South Waikato District Li­brary.

The au­di­ence was treated to a movie show­ing grad­u­at­ing chil­dren and par­ents shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences while on HIPPY, a home- based pro­gramme that sup­ports par­ents in be­com­ing ac­tively in­volved in their fourand five- year- old chil­dren’s learn­ing.

In their in­ter­views, chil­dren talked about how they had learned lots of skills from do­ing HIPPY time with their par­ents in­clud­ing mak­ing ice­cream, play­ing games and learn­ing read­ing skills. Par­ents shared about the close­ness they ex­peri- enced through spend­ing 15 min­utes learn­ing to­gether each day, and also the ex­tra ben­e­fits they re­ceived through at­tend­ing group meet­ings. One mother shared that HIPPY built a com­mu­nity feel­ing as par­ents were able to meet with each other and learn valu­able par­ent­ing in­for­ma­tion such as food ad­vice and car seat reg­u­la­tions.

HIPPY starts with 30 new fam­i­lies in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

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