The innovative preschool model, Flintoclass@HOME, launched amid the COVID-19 pandemic, could be a game-changer for the company as it delivers hybrid preschool education at the doorstep.
Chennai based, Flinto Learning Solutions that focuses on early childhood education in India, has raised $7.2 million in Pre-Series B funding, led by Lightbox Ventures. Flinto will be using the capital to grow in the early learning space and to expand its newly-launched preschool solution Flintoclass@HOME.
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The innovative preschool model, launched amid the COVID-19 pandemic, could be a game-changer for the company as it delivers hybrid preschool education at the doorstep and allows children to learn from the safety of their homes.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent closure of schools across the globe have brought in a new era of digital learning, which has replaced classrooms. Research, however, shows that this could be detrimental to children below six years of age.
Co-founder and CEO of Flinto Learning Solutions, Arunprasad Durairaj said, "We don’t want COVID-19 to come in the way of a child's learning. For children below 6 years of age, monotonous online classes can’t be a substitute for the multi-sensory experiences that they deserve. We wanted to ensure that children continue receiving structured hands-on learning without compromising on their safety. With our expertise in early childhood education over the past 7 years and an already successful preschool model, we came up with Flintoclass@HOME - a blended preschool learning experience. Every month, parents receive at their doorstep an easy-to-use preschool kit with daily hands-on activities for children, along with pre-recorded interactive sessions with our educators.
"In less than a month, we have 3,000 enrolments and it is very promising. We will be using the funds to create, expand and distribute this product across the world so that no child's learning stops due to COVID-19."
The easy-to-use, comprehensive preschool kit of Flintoclass@HOME is for children from 18 months to five-and-a-half years of age. It follows a blended learning approach with pre-recorded interactive sessions and hands-on activities. The all-inclusive monthly kit is delivered with multi-sensory learning experiences, daily activities, step-by-step instructions, revision materials and a dashboard to track a child's daily progress. At present, parents can subscribe for the kit for three or six months.
Prashant Mehta, Partner at Lightbox said, "By kindergarten, 90% of a child’s brain capacity develops, yet only 10-15% of the funding is allocated towards early learning, globally. The resources for early learning are sparse, and a curriculum with a child-centred pedagogy is rare. At Flinto, we see an opportunity to build a global leader in addressing the unique needs of early learning by co-creating products with children, parents and educators. We are excited to see that Flinto is becoming more relevant especially during the COVID-19 crisis when the primary place of learning and development is turning out to be home."
Founded in September 2013 by 3 fathers - Arunprasad Durairaj, Vijay Babu Gandhi and Shreenidhi Srirangam, Flinto is built on a mission to change the way children across the world learn and play.
Flintobox, the company's flagship product that came out of Flinto's innovation and research centre, has 1 million families associated with it across India.
Based on the insights from Flintobox, was born Flintoclass "Preschool In A Box", powering children with high-quality learning tools and driving passionate entrepreneurs with a robust business model to grow successful preschools. In the last 1.5 years, Flintoclass spread its wings to more than 700 preschools across eight countries.
At the heart of Flinto is the Flinto Early Learning Research Foundation that focusses on early childhood development for two to 12 year olds. Flinto claims that all products and learning tools are intensively researched, developed and assessed by a team of child psychologists, pedagogy experts, curriculum developers and game designers. The research centre also collaborates with parents and early educators to create an ecosystem that is conducive for harnessing the true potential in every child.
First Published: IST