Early education boost for Chifley kids starts today

Friday, 31 January 2014

A national programme which helps parents and carers be their child’s first – and best - teacher has begun in the electorate of Chifley today.

Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne, welcomed the news that Catholic Care Social Services has commenced the Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) for indigenous families in Willmot, Shalvey, Emerton and Hebersham.

“HIPPY offers parents of four-year-old children fortnightly in-home visits by tutors who work with them to help their kids develop their reading, writing and social skills from an early age,” Senator Payne said.

“Education is one of the keys to success in life and by giving parents the skills and confidence to be their child’s first teacher, this programme will give children a great foundation for when they start school.

“This group of suburbs in the Mount Druitt area is one of 25 communities included in a HIPPY expansion across Australia focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

“This HIPPY initiative clearly demonstrates the Coalition Government’s commitment to early childhood education in Western Sydney and beyond.

“I look forward to seeing first-hand the results of this programme as the rollout progresses in the coming weeks.”

For more information, visit www.hippyaustralia.org.au