ABC KIDS listen is a dedicated audio app for preschoolers, brought to you by the ABC.
Our aim is to provide children aged 0-5 and their families with a way to access the music and stories from the ABC that they love in a trusted online environment. ABC KIDS listen cares about providing Australian families with a safe space for their children to access educational and entertaining audio content.
You and your child can listen to our radio station, which has been designed to suit the changing needs of a child’s day and night, or simply choose a program on demand that best suits your needs at that moment.
Our programs are inspired by the Early Years Learning Framework of Australia, which encourages children to learn through play. The high quality audio programs give preschoolers a space where they can get their bodies moving and brains working. Explore, learn, and play, and later wind down, rest, and sleep.
Episodes can be downloaded and will then be available for seven days in the app before expiring, allowing for listening without an internet connection.
It’s free and commercial free. Other ABC apps designed specifically for preschoolers and their families include ABC KIDS iview and ABC KIDS PLAY.
- Fixed a bug where "disable continuous play" caused episodes to loop.
Ratings and Reviews
Great white noise options for newborns
I love this app, as it’s the first lot of white noise tracks to actually sooth my newborn. I also find the more active and lively songs help occupy my child’s attention and they are easy to sing along to myself.
Only problems I have with the app is that there is a limit of 3 devices you can choose from to cast to (frustrating when you have 4 google devices and the one you want won’t come up), plus there’s not continuous play for a single track. We all know kids love repetition so it really needs to be a feature, plus, the sleep through tracks sound like they’re designed to be looped. Finally, I find the app disconnects from my google home if I leave the app to go to a different one, means that when I go back in to restart the track (because there’s no looping option!) I have to go back into the folder I want to play from and start all over again, or the currently playing live stream comes through (terribly disturbing when your supposed to be playing calm music and Jimmy Giggle starts laughing!).
Developer Response ,
Thanks very much for your feedback. We have passed on your concerns to our developers and will get back to you as improvements are made to the app.
Good content, app missing features
I find the story time feature incredibly valuable for late night drives.
Annoyingly the app doesn’t support CarPlay (which is odd given that the main ABC Listen app does), which significantly affects its usefulness when driving.
The app also has a name that makes it hard to open with Siri (“Hey Siri, open ABC Kids Listen” seems to play music not open the app).
Developer Response ,
Thanks so much for your feedback. We are working on making it compatible with Car Play and hope to have this feature in the future. Thanks again.
I’m 8 and I use it
Lovely! When I’m bored listening to it, I sleep and listen to it, or if theirs instructions I do them. I like how you don’t have to do the live schedule and you can choose your own music. I hope that five star rating bar gets to the end! You do stuff based on Australia and all tourists will find this app and find the based on Australia stuff! Can you do so you can do 0-2 live radio, 3-5 live radio, and 6-9 live radio? Because it might help with parents and kids who use it. I also want this because I use it and I saw lullabies on after school, and I want a more organised radio so after school I don’t need to listen to lullabies.
Developer Response ,
Hi, I love a lot,
Thanks very much for your feedback. ABC KIDS listen is for ages 1-5. You can listen to any program anytime using the on-demand part of the app. Simply click on the program you want. Thanks for listening and for taking the time to give us feedback.
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- 81.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- © Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.