Parents power up for school success

LESSONS in how to be her children's first teacher mean Tafa Vi can give them the best possible chance when they start school.

She has been part of UnitingCare Burnside's Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) program, which is targeted at children starting school next year and is now taking enrolments.

The two-year home enrichment program gives parents the skills to help their child succeed at school.

The fortnightly program involves home or centre-based visits, with a focus on numeracy, literacy and discovery activities such as cooking.

"Children become confident in learning how to listen, follow directions and have a go but that it's OK to make a mistake," co-ordinator Joanne Colquhoun said.

"The program harnesses the children's curiosity and gives them the drive to learn. We make them feel relaxed about learning and to like it."

The program also enhanced parent-child relationships, Ms Colquhoun said.

UnitingCare Burnside has run the Bidwill program since 2010 through federal funding.

Many parent participants have gone on to become HIPPY tutors.

About 25 families are enrolled.

The free program has spots for 20 new families next term.

Details: 9628 0897.

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