Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)


HIPPY is a home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program targeting families with young children.
Over two years (in the years before and after starting school), HIPPY children work through weekly or fortnightly packs of play-based, educational activities with their parents and family. They are encouraged to ask questions and try new things, developing their confidence and passion for learning, which enables school-readiness.

HIPPY provides your child with a structured, education-focused program that lays the foundations for success at school. With the support of a tutor you teach your child literacy, numeracy and language skills as well as physical skills so they are school-ready and develop a love of learning that lasts throughout their lives.

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

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

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


Enrolment and eligibility

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

Families living in or adjacent to 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 The Parks
3/164 Ridley Grove
Woodville Gardens
1300 668 482

HIPPY Davoren Park
The Fields Shopping Centre Shop 14
130 Peachey Rd
Davoren Park
1300 668 482

HIPPY Salisbury North
Bagster Road Community Centre
Bagster Road
Salisbury North
1300 668 482


Information and fees

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

Visit the HIPPY Australia website.




Acknowledgements and disclaimer

The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services
The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government or officers of the Department of Social Services
HIPPY was developed at the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the HIPPY programs are affiliates of HIPPY International