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HIPPY is in Lithgow, What is HIPPY you ask?

Centacare Bathurst is excited to celebrate 12 years of Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in Lithgow, Bowenfels, Wallerawang and Portland. 

HIPPY is a free home-based early learning program that empowers parents/carers and children alike. HIPPY is provided for children in the year before school (Age 4) and then in the first year of school (Age 5)

Children gain skills and confidence through a range of fun learning activities which sets them up for success and a positive start to big school. Families living in the Lithgow area with a child in the year before formal schooling (around 4 years old) may be eligible to start HIPPY. 

Ms Young says “HIPPY is a free transformative two-year, home-based early childhood learning program empowering carers as their child’s first teacher. Many parents, carers and grandparents have worked as HIPPY Tutors and have gained further employment following their two-year term with the HIPPY program”.

The HIPPY program encourages a love of learning by using a number of strategies that make the most of everywhere learning without having purely a focus on traditional education practices. It builds self-esteem and confidence in parents and carers to be involved and enjoy their child’s development and ongoing education. It gives a great head-start for the children in their journey of learning.

Centacare Bathurst is successfully delivering HIPPY to parents and their children in Lithgow and invites you to contact us for more information about this year’s HIPPY program so you can see first-hand the impact HIPPY is making for children and families in your community as a positive learning and employment program. 

If you would like more information about the HIPPY Program, please contact Natasha on 0409 362 663. We’d love to hear from you!

*The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.”

For more information, please contact: 

Natasha, Coordinator HIPPY Bowenfels 

94 Landa St, Lithgow 

M: 0409 362 663, E: hippy@centacarebathurst.com.au   

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