Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere; te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao - The bird who partakes of the miro berry owns the forest; the bird who partakes of education owns the world.

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. Research shows that the most powerful learning happens at home. A parent is a child's first and most important teacher. HIPPY helps parents understand and become more involved in their child's learning. Children can start HIPPY when they are 3 years of age. 

How HIPPY works

Parents are given storybooks and activities to do with their child. 

Parents work with their child:

  • 15 minutes a day
  • 5 days a week
  • 30 weeks each year

HIPPY Tutors who are teaching HIPPY to their own child support parents once a week through:

  • A weekly home visit where tutors role-play activities with parents to show them how to teach their child.

Your child will learn about:

  • Books, letters, numbers, colours and shapes
  • listening and following instructions
  • logical thinking and problem solving
  • explaining and experimenting
  • taking turns and so much more 

HIPPY children enjoy learning, settle into school with more confidence and achieve higher in reading, writing and maths. 

To enrol your child:

Contact us and we will visit you at your home to enrol your child.



HIPPY Contact: Sonia Jones
 027 3460037  sonia.jones@familyfocus.org.nz

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