Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)


HIPPY is a program that has been created to support parents in their homes with activities and information to help their preschool kids. Over two years (in kindergarten and reception), HIPPY kids 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 helps prepare kids for school.

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

HIPPY teaches families that they are the child’s first teacher and encourages parents to get actively involved in teaching their kids. HIPPY supports families to become involved in their community and offers parents a supported pathway to employment and training.

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

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

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



Requests for information on enrolment should be directed to the HIPPY Coordinator for the respective program or you can apply now


Past Parents Have Said

Nadine shares her thoughts on HIPPY after completing the program with both her son and daughter.

Sandra says for her, the HIPPY Program is about education and spending quality time with her daughter.

Ramya tells us the HIPPY Program has become an important part of her family’s life.



Families living in or adjacent to the South Australian suburbs of Mansfield Park, Ferryden Park, Woodville Gardens, Angle Park, Davoren Park, Parafield Gardens, Paralowie, Salisbury or Salisbury North with kids who are starting kindergarten the same year they start HIPPY. Kids aged 4 in the year they begin kindergarten are eligible to enrol in the program. Younger kids can be placed on a waiting list.

The following priority of access criteria also apply

  • the household holds a Health Care Card;
  • the HIPPY Child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
  • the HIPPY Child resides in out-of-home care;
  • they have no income or are receiving a form of government support payment as their primary source of income;
  • single-parent families;
  • the child resides with a carer (i.e. not a parent); or
  • the main language spoken at home is not English.


Services available

  • A two-year, home-based early childhood enrichment program
  • Educational and play based weekly activities supported by visits from a home tutor
  • Parent Group meetings with other families with activities and guest speakers
  • Employment and training for parent as home tutors

Apply to join HIPPY NOW



HIPPY The Parks
3/164 Ridley Grove
Woodville Gardens
1300 668 482

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

HIPPY Salisbury North
6/116 Diment 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

Apply to join HIPPY NOW

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.