A home tuition program for preschool-aged children in Warrawong and surrounds has been extended.
HIPPY Warrawong - Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters - will operate
for another two years and expand to include 50 children, organisers said yesterday.
Under the program, a trained home tutor visits parents fortnightly to explain and demonstrate stimulating learning activities and experiences.
Parents then spend about 15 minutes each weekday doing an activity with their child.
Lena Crasti, HIPPY program manager, said many of the experiences were about learning as part of everyday life.
"For example, when you're sorting the washing," she said.
"How many pairs of undies do we have? How many pairs of blue socks? With that you're covering numeracy, literacy, memory, cognition.
"What we find with a lot of parents is they want to be able to teach their children, but they're actually unsure of how to initially approach it.
"The aim is to support parents to become confident about the way they teach their children."
Barnardos Australia has operated the program out of Warrawong for four years.
Rebecca Georges, once a client, is now its co-ordinator.