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More Australian families to benefit from early childhood program

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Child Care
Minister for Employment Participation

Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis today announced 23 locations that will receive funding under the Australian Government’s $32.5 million Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), following a decision to extend the successful initiative by two years.

HIPPY is a two year home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program that builds the confidence and skills of parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher. 

Minister Ellis met with parents and children who have benefited from the program in Mansfield Park in Adelaide today.

“Research shows us that the first five years of a child’s life are critical and have the potential to shape their future outcomes,” Minister Ellis said.

“That is why our Government is investing in early childhood education and child care on a scale never seen before in this country, with a record investment of $20 billion over the next four years.”

“This includes an investment of $32.5 million to administer HIPPY in 50 communities nationally and support around 3,000 Australian families.”

The Australian Government targets HIPPY to locations that are in areas of disadvantage with a high proportion of families with young children. The 23 locations that will receive funding to extend this imitative over the next two years are:

  • Bidill, Bowenfels, Cabramatta, Dubbo North, La Perouse and Warrawong in NSW
  • Braybrook, Dallas/Broadmedows, Dandenong, Fitzroy, Frankston North, Long Gully/California Gully and Moreland in Victoria
  • Davoren Park, Mansfield Park and Whyalla Stuart in South Australia
  • Inala, Logan Central, Pioneer and West Ipswich in Queensland
  • Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, Charnwood in the ACT and Girrawheen in Western Australia

“Families continue to tell me how valuable HIPPY has been for them and how the program has made a real difference to their lives.

“Parents are delighted to see their kids being more engaged with learning and have themselves been able to develop the confidence they need to take an active role in their children’s education.”

“Extending HIPPY for an additional two years will allow the program to keep making a difference for Australian families.”

The Australian Government values HIPPY and the important role it plays in achieving better outcomes for all Australians.

The program supports Australian Government initiatives from the National Early Childhood Development Strategy and the Social Inclusion Agenda, to the Closing the Gap targets for Indigenous Australians.

The successful organisations will continue to work with HIPPY Australia, delivered through the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Further information is available at www.hippyaustralia.org.au