Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Oliiki?
Oliiki is an app designed to help parents find the learning in everyday play to help their bump or baby reach their full potential.
How does the Oliiki app work?
The app gives parents an activity a day to do with their bump or baby. It tells them what to do, how to do it and how what they are doing relates to future life learning. It also explains the research behind the learning.
Who’s the Oliiki app for?
Parents and caregivers who want to make the most of the time they spend with their bump, baby or toddler. It is for parents who want the confidence that they are doing the best they can for their baby. It is also for parents who want new and interesting activities to do with their baby every day from conception to their 3rd birthday.
What are the benefits?
Each week you will receive seven age appropriate activities to your phone, one for each day of the week that will give you something specific to do with your child. These activities are designed to work on the areas of the brain that are most receptive and sensitive at each stage. Each activity is outlined, the reasons why you are doing it are explained and we have included the research explaining why the activity will help your baby’s brain. You will have the confidence to know that the time you spend with your baby enjoying the Oliiki activities will be helping to build your baby a strong brain and making them prepared and ready for lifelong learning.
How long will it take?
The activities are designed with your baby in mind, therefore your baby should lead the way on how long you spend on each activity, if they are enjoying it, then you will spend longer. If they are not, then you will move on. But in the early days between five and ten minutes will be enough, as they get older you might even work up to twenty minutes or sometimes even more. Remember, be led by your child.
What topics are covered?
We cover topics as your baby’s brain is ready to receive them. We have topics on developing emotional control, this is bonding between you and your baby. If this is secure your baby will have the confidence to go out and explore the world secure in the knowledge that you are there for them. We work on language development, the basis of all learning and communication. We also cover habitual ways to respond, which helps your baby with routines, self-management, and persistence. We cover hearing and vision. In the later stages, we cover number, concepts such as shape, pattern, sorting, creativity, and problem solving as well as developing skills for peer and social relationships. All this is done through play.
Who is behind Oliiki?
The Oliiki app is designed and developed by Clare Stead, she is a mother of three and a primary school teacher by training. She has worked in classrooms around the world, has spent time as an education researcher and has also worked in educational app development for the last sixteen years. Clare is passionate about learning and providing children with the best opportunities possible to fulfil their potential.
Where did the idea start?
The idea for the app came from seeing children arriving at school not ready to learn and access the curriculum. I then Read the research that showed that children are arriving at school less and less prepared for learning. This means that children are starting off in school behind their peers, playing catch up from the word go and therefore not reaching their full potential. The research shows that there is a window of opportunity for babies from the first days of life through to the age of two. If these opportunities are used well then children have the best chance of success in later life. Not all parents have the time to find the latest research, nor the experience to know how to apply it to their baby and the activities that they do with them on a day to day basis. Therefore, the Oliiki app was borne to give parents the confidence to engage in age appropriate stimulating play activities with their children from the earliest of days.
What awards have we won?
Since starting out our journey in February 2019, we have been lucky enough to win the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Enterprise Challenge People's Choice Award and we also came Runner Up at the same event, second to the winners of the award. Taking two of the three awards was a achievement.