FHille – a home interaction program for children and parents
Integration of newly arrived children and families
21 May 2018
FHille is based on HIPPY International and the HIPPY-inspired Hipphopp-program in Denmark. The program is aimed at 4-6 year old children and their parents.
The program starts in mid September and ends in May. All FHille parents have their own FHille guide as they meet. During the meeting, the FHille-leader guides the parent in the program’s games and activities and is also available to respond and answer the parent’s thoughts and questions.
The child and the parent play and learn together at home with various fun tasks. The parent is provided with a set of developmentally appropriate materials, curriculum and books designed to strengthen their children’s cognitive, social/emotional and physical development for their preschool children aged 4-6.
The program is coordinated by Folkhälsan, a social and health care organization. The material includes weekly paper, material and books. The programs are structured around different themes that relate to the children’s world during the 30 weeks that the program lasts.
FHille is based on HIPPY – a home-based parenting and early childhood learning programme that empowers parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher. The programme builds confidence and skills of parents and carers to create a positive learning environment to prepare their child for school.
The programme objectives are to:
· provide a child with a structured education-focused early learning programme at home
· improve children’s preparedness for school and strengthen school participation
· build the confidence and skills of parents and carers to create a positive home learning environment
· support employment and community leadership opportunities for HIPPY coordinators, home tutors and parents
· strengthen communities.
Benefits for children include:
· encourages a love of learning
· maximises chances of enjoyment and doing well at school
· promotes language, numeracy and listening skills
· develops concentration and motor skills
· builds self-esteem and confidence in learning
· improves communication between parents and children.
Benefits for families include:
· helps create a learning environment at home
· increases parents’ knowledge of child development and the way children learn
· provides parents with opportunities to enjoy positive time with their children
· enables parents to be actively involved in their children’s education
· supports parents to meet regularly and promotes a sense of inclusion and connectedness with their community
· increases parents’ self-confidence
· has an overall positive impact on family relationships
· creates local employment and training opportunities.
Information and Links
FHille website (in Swedish)
Folkhälsan has approximately 1,500 employees and almost 19,000 members in our local affiliate associations around the country. Folkhälsan’s aim is a society that prioritizes health and quality of life.