Aardman and the British Council joined forces in 2014 to create Learning Time with Timmy – a multi-dimensional learning experience to help children aged 2-6 years around the world to learn the English language.
The British Council build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. They are a world authority on teaching English, and operate in more than 100 countries, connecting annually with 80 million people directly and 791 million via online, broadcasts and publications.
The Learning Time with Timmy portfolio has various learner touchpoints including face-to-face courses in British Council teaching centres and partner schools around the world, complementary merchandise and an animated video series. An Aardman and British Council co-production, the Learning Time with Timmy series is inspired by and follows the British Council’s Learning Time with Timmy course, with curriculum support provided by the British Council. The series premiered on YouTube in 2018 and has since gone on to be broadcast in key territories around the world.
There is a complementary series of Learning Time with Timmy books published in the Ladybird Readers range. The British Council draws on its experience of creating Learning Time with Timmy in its free online course for parents and teachers, English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development, available on FutureLearn.