Life lessons learned at HIPPY
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.