Wellsford children showed off their certificates after successfully graduating and attending an end-of-year celebration at the HIPPY literacy and numeracy programme this month.
The Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is focused on economically stressed communities where there is a high risk of educational failure.
HIPPY provides a structured programme that helps parents teach their children skills that prepare them for school.
Parent Alicia Holmes, whose daughter Natalya graduated this year, says the programme has brought fun and laughter into their lives.
“Not only did HIPPY help Natalya to get ready for school, it taught her many concepts that I wouldn’t have thought to do with her,” she says.
Wellsford HIPPY coordinator Louisa Christian says the HIPPY programme is not fully funded and relies on fundraising to meet its expenses.
HIPPY is an evidence-based programme that operates in 43 sites around New Zealand.
Info: Louisa Christian, firstname.lastname@example.org, 423 6006 ext 6, 027 444 0370.