health update

coronavirus (COVID-19)

Residents of the Flemington and North Melbourne public housing towers under hard lockdown who need assistance or support can contact the Housing Call Centre or Community Connector Program on 1800 961 054.

Find out how and where to get tested for COVID-19 at cohealth.

For general information about COVID-19 call the Victorian Government’s dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. You can ask for an interpreter in your language.

Some appointments and health services will stop or change to reduce the risk of transmission. For more information, go to cancellations and appointments.

HIPPY program

A free two year early learning and parenting program offered through cohealth

Helping children in Sunshine, Braybrook, West Footscray and Maidstone be school ready

Be your child’s first teacher.  Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a free two year early learning and parenting program offered through cohealth that aims to empower families to have fun learning together.

HIPPY starts when a child begins 4 year old kindergarten and continues through the child’s first year of school (prep year) at your home.

HIPPY sets you up with a home tutor who comes to your home, giving you the tools and support to read, play and age appropriate educational activities with your child.

There is also peer-to-peer support, training and learning opportunities for parents, carers and children – all aimed at building self-esteem and confidence for a smooth transition to school.

What do I need to do?

cohealth run the HIPPY program for families with children beginning 4 year old kindergarten living in Sunshine, Braybrook, West Footscray and Maidstone.

Self and professional referrals are welcome – just contact our HIPPY Braybrook Coordinator (details below).

What will it cost me?

There is no cost for this service.

 


The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government of officers of the Department of Social Services.

HIPPY was developed at the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the HIPPY Programs are affiliates of HIPPY International.

 

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