Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)

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The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services

HIPPY is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program targeting families with young children. Families start HIPPY when their child is in the year before they start school (usually around 4 years old) and continue into the second year of HIPPY during their first year of formal schooling. The HIPPY approach develops the foundations for learning in the home during children’s crucial early years. HIPPY fosters social inclusion, contributes to successful school participation and offers parents, a supported pathway to employment and local level community leadership.

Novita provides three HIPPY programs to families living in Mansfield Park, Davoren Park and Salisbury North.

HIPPY is designed to be fun and enjoyable for both the parents and children involved in the program.


Requests for information on enrolment should be directed to the HIPPY Coordinator for the respective program. (See contact details below.) 


Families living in the South Australian suburbs of Mansfield Park, Davoren Park or Salisbury North, with children who are likely to commence school within the next 2 years.

Children aged 3 ½ to 4 ½ at the beginning of the year before they start school are eligible to enrol in the program.

Younger children can be placed on a waiting list.

Services available

  • A two-year, home-based early childhood enrichment program.
  • Structured weekly activities supported by visits from a home tutor.
  • Parent Group meetings with other families.
  • Employment for parent as home tutors.


HIPPY Mansfield Park
Novita Children’s Services
171 Days Rd Regency Park, SA 5010

HIPPY Davoren Park
The Fields Shopping Centre Shop 14
130 Peachey Rd
Davoren Park, SA 5113

HIPPY Salisbury North
Bagster Road Community Centre
Bagster Road
Salisbury North 

Schedule of fees

There are no costs to participating families. All weekly workbooks are provided free of charge

More information about HIPPY

Contact a Novita HIPPY Coordinator directly (details below).

Email the program:  HIPPY@novita.org.au

Visit the HIPPY Australia website.

You can obtain further information about HIPPY from the HIPPY Coordinator (see contact details below). Please leave a message if the telephone is unattended and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Your feedback

Please send any feedback and ideas to the HIPPY Coordinator. Success relies on your input to sustain a Quality Program.

Contact details

The HIPPY Coordinators:

HIPPY The Parks
(08) 8243 8283 or 0414 666 239
Fax: (08) 8243 8382 
Send an online message to the coordinator

HIPPY Davoren Park
(08) 8284 5369 or 0412 661 208 
Send an online message to the coordinator

HIPPY Salisbury
Telephone: (08) 8182 3122 or 0414 539 428
Fax: (08) 8243 8218
Send an online message to the coordinator