BUNDABERG Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is looking for families to enroll in the HIPPY Program to support the local community's early language and literacy needs.
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program for families with young children.
HIPPY is a free, two-year, program for families with children in the year before they start school (usually aged 3½ - 4 years old).
HIPPY Bundaberg co-ordinator Jenny Melmeth said the Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme is committed to helping our local community through the HIPPY program by developing the foundations for learning in the home during children's crucial early years.
"HIPPY empowers families to be their child's first teacher, it encourages a love of learning in children and most importantly HIPPY is fun!," she said.
"The benefits of the HIPPY Program for children include encouraging a love of learning, it prepares children for school by developing skills and concentration, HIPPY promotes language and listening and builds self-esteem and confidence."
Participation in HIPPY increases the chances of a successful early school experience.
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care will employ some HIPPY parents as home tutors who will visit participating families at home and also host regular group meetings with participants.
HIPPY Bundaberg focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
HIPPY Bundaberg is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education through the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters.
To inquire about HIPPY call Jenny Melmeth, Hippy co-ordinator at Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care on 4152 9233 or visit the website for more information: www.familydaycarebundaberg.com.au.