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Children’s earliest and most powerful learning comes from their family. HIPPY supports you in your role as your child’s first teacher.

HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) is a free two-year, home-based, early learning program for families with young children.

Using a play-based, curriculum you are empowered and supported you to be your children’s first teacher.

Most importantly, HIPPY encourages a love of learning and helps develop your understanding of your child’s learning needs.

How does HIPPY work?

HIPPY starts when your child is three years old (before 1st May in the year before starting Kindergarten).  HIPPY engages you and your child in fun, play-based ‘everywhere learning’ activities. This helps you and your child feel confident, passionate and prepared for a successful start to kindergarten. The flexible program means you can take HIPPY to the park, restaurants or on holiday – any everyday situation.

‘Everywhere learning’ brings learning to everyday routines, giving your child opportunities to develop skills in different contexts. Counting and number recognition can be done while getting ready for dinner, at the supermarket, folding washing, or looking at road signs.

You can shape your child’s learning opportunities around their strengths and interests. You can also encourage other family members to get involved.

How HIPPY changes lives

A mother of a four-year-old boy who recently enrolled is very grateful for how HIPPY has transformed her and her son’s life.

Before starting HIPPY, she was struggling to find ways to engage her son in learning and playing – he was very nervous and chronically biting his nails to the point of injury.

Through the HIPPY program, the mother was provided with the activities, encouragement and advice she needed. She has since discovered to approach her son in different ways and to ask questions that encourages his learning and sense of self. She has seen a huge improvement in her son’s behaviours as he has become more outgoing and is no longer biting his nails.

How can I do HIPPY with my child?

Do you live in the City of Onkaparinga, or the City of Elizabeth?

AnglicareSA is one of many organisations delivering HIPPY across Australia — we work with families living in Onkaparinga and Elizabeth.

If you live in another council area of Adelaide, visit the HIPPY Australia website to find out if HIPPY is running near you.

Is your child aged three before May?

To enrol in the HIPPY, your child must be aged three before the first of May.

Get in touch

Fill out the form below or contact your local HIPPY coordinator:

Lorelle, Elizabeth Coordinator: 0437 754 174

Stephanie, Onkaparinga Coordinator: 0429 219 206­

Unfortunately, you are ineligible to receive the HIPPY program from AnglicareSA.

If you live in another council area of Adelaide, you will have to inquire through another provider. Please visit HIPPY Australia to find your nearest HIPPY Program. 


  • AnglicareSA Playford

    The Clocktower, Playford Blvd
    Elizabeth SA

  • AnglicareSA Outer Southern Hub

    111 Beach Rd
    Christies Beach SA