New generation of Hippy children

CELEBRATION: Pupils at Hippy Hornby were happy to graduate from their two-year course.

A programme based in Hornby that prepares children for when they start school has had its first graduation.

The Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (Hippy) provides tutors to help parents teach their pre-schoolers learning concepts, including mathematics and reading.

As part of the graduation, children were presented with certificates after completing a two-year course to prepare them for primary school.

Parents spend an hour each week at the programme working with the tutors to decide what to teach before spending 15 minutes a day implementing that with their children.

About 70 people attended the graduation with 13 children celebrating the completion of the programme.

Hippy Hornby co-ordinator Kim Strange said it was a full family celebration with parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and teachers attending the event.

The hands-on programme is supported by the Ministry of Education.