The Foundations latest donation to Great Potentials was to fund the HIPPY Training Programme in Takanini.
What is HIPPY?
HIPPY is a home-based programme that trains parents to help their four- and five-year-old children with their learning, creating experiences that lay the foundation for success in school and later life. The programme was introduced to New Zealand in 1992 in one location by Great Potentials and is now operating in 27 low-income communities around the country.
The programme was designed specifically for those parents who may not feel comfortable in their own abilities to teach their children. Parents and children work together for fifteen minutes a day with storybooks, puzzles and learning games that help children become successful learners at school.
The HIPPY programme builds on the bond between parents and children. HIPPY believes parents play a critical role in their children’s education. HIPPY offers support that builds upon parental strengths so parents can provide their children with necessary skills and confidence to begin school with a positive attitude toward learning.
The work children and parents do together in their own home with the HIPPY materials is complemented by what they can gain from attending their local early childhood education centre, kohanga reo or language nest, and their transition to school.http://www.greatpotentials.org.nz/