How to Build an Educational Platform for Kids and How Much It Costs

EdTech market: Recent statistics

HolonIQ

Kids’ eLearning software development

  • 6 in 10 parents say their kid started engaging with a smartphone before the age of 5
  • 1 in 3 parents say they started by age 2
  • 29% say they started between ages 3 and 4
  • 26% say they started between the ages of 5 and 8
  • 14% say they started between ages 9 and 11

What is an educational platform?

Children’s educational platform examples

Platforms with many creators and courses

Single-subject platforms

Platforms that educate by creating an experience

Steelkiwi

Educational platforms that teach through games

Must-have features for educational software for kids

  • Signup and login
  • User profiles and dashboard
  • Admin panel
  • Payment systems
  • Notifications

Signup and login

User profiles and dashboard

  • User information (pictures, links, bio, location)
  • Settings
  • Payment history

Admin panel

Payment systems

  • PayPal
  • Google Pay
  • Apple Pay
  • Stripe
  • Braintree
  • Debit and credit cards

Notifications

Limitations and what to consider when building solutions for kids

Safety

  • User-uploaded and user-created content
  • Chats
  • Comments
  • Who makes the decision to register (guardians, children, both?)
  • Who uses the platform and in what way
  • How much guardians can control

How to monetize a website for children

#1 Advertising

#2 Subscriptions

#3 Freemium

#4 Marketplace

Consider using a mix of monetization strategies to ensure a consistent and high return on investment. For instance, you can collect a small commission from sales as well as serve relevant ads.

How to develop educational software for kids

Starting out

Find and hire developers

Discovery

Development

  • Kick-off meetings
  • Planning meetings
  • Technical meetings
  • Daily meetings
  • Demo meetings
  • Retrospective meetings

Cost of eLearning development

Steelkiwi’s experience in educational software development for children

  • Mangopay: A UK payment solution for marketplaces
  • Besedo: A content moderation service powered by AI filters and experts that we used for image moderation
  • Twilio: A tool for text messages that was implemented to send verification codes and to notify parents about kids’ activities
  • Zendesk support: A moderation instrument that we integrated to moderate comments and item descriptions. We also used Zendesk widgets to provide feedback forms where users can easily report inappropriate content.
  • getAddress: An API for retrieving addresses that we implemented to make filling in the address form more convenient

In the end…

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