Family Help Trust is delighted to bring HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters) to Christchurch.  We are in the Hoon Hay area at Rowley Avenue Primary School,  the Aranui area at Aranui Primary School and the Hornby area at Gilberthorpe School.

HIPPY is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment programme that builds the confidence and skills of parents to create a positive learning environment through which to prepare their four and five year old child for school.  HIPPY understands the critical role parents play in their children's education.  The programme builds on the bond between parents and children while supporting parents as they provide their children with the necessary skills and confidence to begin school with a positive attitude toward learning. 

HIPPY is specifically designed for parents who may not feel comforatble in their abilities to teach their children.  Parents and children work together for fifteen minutes a day with storybooks, puzzles and learning games that help children to become successful learners.  Participation in the programme also offers some parents a supported pathway to further study, employment and local community leadership. 

HIPPY originated in Israel and was brought to New Zealand by Dame Lesley Max in the mid 1990's.  Dame Lesley has been Patron to Family Help Trust from its inception more than 20 years ago and has worked along side us as a long term advocate for effective early intervention services in New Zealand.  We are proud of our long association with her and excited to now belong to the HIPPY family.