Ian created Squeebles in his spare time in 2010 to help his daughter learn her times tables. He hadn’t expected that children all over the world would be helped by them too, but that’s what happened and so he made the leap to focus on creating Squeebles apps full time. When he’s not puzzling over algorithms and thinking about new ways to help children learn, he can often be found with a flapjack in his hand; tending to his vegetables; playing the guitar; playing in or coaching a football team; or taking his dog, Nell, for a walk.
Ian’s favourite things are: cheese; tracking down the world’s best pizza; thinking about climbing mountains.
Although Florence originally came up with the name 'Squeebles', she didn’t officially start working alongside Ian until a little later in about 2012. Now she works on everything that doesn’t involve algorithms, from graphics to promotion. It's also her voice that you'll hear in any of the pre-recorded KeyStageFun spelling tests. At meetings, Florence will normally come to the table with a needle and thread in her hand. An obsessive dressmaker and quilter, in her spare time she keeps a sewing blog, designs patterns and writes for sewing magazines.
Florence’s favourite things are: hand-sewing; baking; taking photos; chocolate-smothered toffee.
Golden Retriever, Nell, is KeyStageFun’s chief paper shredder, lunch-time companion and winter foot-warmer. The joyful exuberance Nell brings to work each day supplants any need for team-building days spent with a paintball gun in hand - she is a constant cheerleader and keeps her team well-bonded with daily displays of silliness.
Nell’s favourite things: bounding around; unauthorised explorations upstairs; illegal sock chewing; sleeping; looking expectant at all times.
The Squeeble Beasts
From being the original inspiration for creating the very first Squeebles app, our children are involved in everything from coming up with ideas for new apps, discussing game-play, designing Squeebles, inventing the hundreds of curious icecream and cake ingredients in the Squeebles Maths Bingo and Squeebles Fractions games…to finally testing the apps. When an app is nearly ready, they carry out the final testing for bugs and errors and it’s thanks to them that our apps are released with very few teething problems.
Our girl's favourite things: reading by a warm radiator; getting stuck in to anything creative; dancing.
Our boy's favourite things: playing football; skateboarding; baking cakes.