HIPPY learning for local children

PARENTS in Murray Bridge will have extra help getting their kids counting, reading and writing with a federal education program set to be announced for the city next month.

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is currently in the process of assessing expressions of interest from qualified organisations in Murray Bridge to run the program, and expects to announce a winner next month.

HIPPY Australia national manager Marian Pettit, from the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, said the program had been successfully helping families build literacy and numeracy and confidence for children preparing to enter school. "It's about providing support to parents and families with children aged four or five to make the transition to school, and to work on numeracy and literacy and to have interactive play," Ms Pettit said.

She said the program also helped parents make contact with other support services if their child required extra help, such as speech therapy.

Murray Bridge will be one of 25 area around Australia to see a HIPPY launch in 2014.

The program is funded by the Federal Government and has been in operation since 1998.

HIPPY is run by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, which has been promised Government funding for the program until at least 2017.

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