Evidence of significant impact on school readiness

Independent, evidence based research shows that EasyPeasy significantly improves parent engagement and children’s early developmental outcomes

EasyPeasy has been independently evaluated in two rigorous randomised control trials by researchers at the University of Oxford. These were carried out in partnership with The Sutton Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Bournemouth Borough Council and Newham Council. Both of these studies found that EasyPeasy has a positive effect on children’s social and emotional development and parents’ engagement. In the Bournemouth trial, these significant effects were observed after 18 weeks. In the Newham study the same significant effects were observed after only 10 weeks.

 

"School readiness is not ready to be instructed and ready to be passive, school readiness is ready to be a really active learner who goes out seeking new skills, new ideas, new relationships and new peers, and having the confidence to tackle challenging things and enjoy the challenge…and move on in development. From this study, it looks like EasyPeasy really has increased the school readiness of these children...it's the 21 century skill."
- Professor Kathy Sylva (University of Oxford)

Findings after using EasyPeasy for only 18 weeks in Bournemouth

Children’s concentration, grit, and resilience (‘cognitive self-regulation’) improved:

Parents are more confident in setting rules and sticking to boundaries:

Replication of findings in different samples

During both randomised control trials parents received weekly game ideas to play with their children, modelled by real families and accompanied by tips and guidance. Families in these trials were recruited from children’s centres in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and came from a range of different communities. In Bournemouth participant families were predominantly native English speakers and in the Newham trial a high percentage of participants were families who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL). The replication of findings across these two very different communities suggests EasyPeasy’s impact will be consistent in whatever community it is delivered.

For more information on the importance of this replication read our blog published on the Sutton Trust website.

"We know that the attainment gap between the richest and the poorest pupils begins before they’ve even started school. Tackling this disparity early on is critical to breaking the cycle of disadvantage and improving social mobility. But it can be difficult to get parents involved in their child’s learning. Today’s results show the potential for EasyPeasy to be an effective way of improving parental engagement."
- Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation and of the Sutton Trust

EasyPeasy coverage:

The Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi saw EasyPeasy in action in Luton and recently praised EasyPeasy for using technology in a positive way to improve the home learning environment, whilst giving evidence to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee.

Our commitment to ongoing evaluation

EasyPeasy’s direct impact on language and communication is now being assessed through an EEF evaluation led by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University. You can read more about this project here.

Parent Testimonies

“Wow! I can't believe how much fun this was as it developed and how clever my little girl actually is. Such amazing imagination. Thank you for opening my eyes. She loved it”
- Parent commenting on 'Imaginary Safari'
“Oh my goodness! I really like the selfies game, we used and learned new vocabulary and I was so surprised at how well my daughter can read emotions, much better than myself! I found this app very handy to keep the kids entertained and for spending more time together.”
- Parent commenting on 'Selfies'

If you would like to know more about our evidence, please contact EasyPeasy’s Research Manager, Nicola Doherty, at nicola@easypeasyapp.com

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