Young Graduates set for Education Success

After two years of commitment a new cohort of tamariki have completed the sixty week HIPPY programme with Te Rarawa. 

HIPPY (Home-based Interactive Programme for Parents and Youngsters) focuses on developing essential skills to give tamariki ideal foundations for successful schooling.

With the kaupapa of ‘parents as first teachers’ HIPPY parents work with their tamariki for 15 minutes each day on fun, interactive activities. HIPPY is designed to enhance a child’s five key developmental areas – cognitive, oral language, emotional, fine and gross motor skills.

“We know the HIPPY programme makes a difference. It truly gives these tamariki a great learning. advantage,” said Te Rarawa HIPPY Co-ordinator, Kate Atkinson.

Parents are provided with professional resources including a Te Whariki (early childhood curriculum) based workbook, storybooks, puzzles and games. Experienced local HIPPY Tutors conduct weekly home visits with one on one tutoring.

“We know of a number of local students who completed the programme as youngsters – then went on to accomplish high levels of academic achievement, including several who became dux of their schools,” said Kate

The 2016 St Leonards Research Report compared learning outcomes of children who graduated from HIPPY over a five year period, with their non-HIPPY peers. The report showed significantly higher achievement by HIPPY graduates in reading, writing and maths, with higher attendance scores.

The HIPPY programme has been delivered in Kaitaia since 1999. Earlier this year HIPPY launched a new curriculum to include more Te Reo Māori, waiata and bilingual storybooks.

The programme recommences in February 2020 with a limited number of spaces available. Parents can contact 0800 836 726 for more information.