Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis and Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic have announced that Chifley will receive funding under the Australian Government’s $32.5 million Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), following a decision to extend the successful initiative by two years.
HIPPY is a two year home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program that builds the confidence and skills of parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher.
“Research shows us that the first five years of a child’s life are critical and have the potential to shape their future outcomes,” Minister Ellis said.
“That is why our Government is investing in early childhood education and child care on a scale never seen before in this country, with a record investment of $20 billion over the next four years.”
“This includes an investment of $32.5 million to administer HIPPY in 50 communities nationally and support around 3,000 Australian families.”
The Australian Government targets HIPPY to locations that are in areas of disadvantage with a high proportion of families with young children
Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic today welcomed the extension of this successful national early childhood enrichment program in Bidwill, run by Uniting Care Burnside.
“HIPPY has already had a positive impact in the Mt Druitt area and this opportunity will make a difference to even more families in our community,” Mr Husic said.
”HIPPY empowers local parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher by providing educational resources and home tutors.”
“This support assists parents in Chifley to develop the confidence and skills they need to create a home environment that values learning.
“The result is that children find it easier to make the transition to school and parents develop skills to engage with their child’s formal education.”
Minister Ellis said that HIPPY was an investment in the future of Chifley children.
“It is about making sure parents have the right tools to give their children the best possible start to their school life,” she said.
The program’s main aims support important Australian Government initiatives from the National Early Childhood Development Strategy and the Social Inclusion Agenda, to the Closing the Gap targets for Indigenous Australians.
Further information about the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters can be found at www.hippyaustralia.org.au
* Joint media release with The Hon Kate Ellis MP Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare