Autumn 2021 – Term-Time Courses
As restrictions loosen regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Spark4Kids are offering our computer coding courses both online and in-person. This applies both to Term-time courses as well as Holiday Workshops. Our timetable will continue to run along school term and school holiday timelines.
- We aim to offer blended teaching, with students participating in the same ‘classroom’ whether they be Online or In-Person.
- Our courses have LIVE! tutors supporting attendees during online sessions
- Full training on using our online classroom will be provided to attendees
Saturdays – our Autumn Term 2021 Saturday Sessions starts the weekend of Saturday 18th September and runs until Saturday 4th December 2021 (inclusive).
Please make note of the following weekends, when there will be no coding sessions:
- Saturday 23rd October – Half-Term
- Saturday 30th October – Half-Term
Thursdays – our Autumn 2021 Thursday Evening Sessions for Scratch 4 Kids, Python Intro 4 Kids and Python 4 Kids will start Thursday 23rd September and conclude on Thursday 9th December 2020 (inclusive).
Please make note of the following dates, when there will be no coding sessions:
- Thursday 21st October – Half-term
- Thursday 28th October – Half-term
To make a booking, simply click on a link below, enter your child’s or children’s details, add the bookings to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Courses available for booking term-time are shown below.
Book an Online Taster Session
- Online Scratch 4 Kids (ages 7-10)
- Online Python Intro 4 Kids (ages 8-12)
- Online Typing 4 Kids (ages 8-12)
- Online Kodu 4 Kids (ages 8-12)
- Online Python 4 Kids (ages 11-14)
- Online Games Design 4 Kids (ages 11-14)
- Online Unity 4 Kids (ages 11-14)
With a tutor-to-child ratio of 1:6, each child completes on their coding challenges in their own time, and at their own pace – and always with a tutor on hand to provide support.
The fun nature of our courses enables children to learn instinctively, and at a pace they are comfortable with. Whilst we provide the environment for learning and remain on-hand for support, once guidance is provided, the children take ownership of the code they create, and they love it.
At the end of coding sessions, it is not uncommon to hear children asking for extra time because they want to continue working on their coding challenges!
Starting After Term Has Begun
With Spark4Kids, there is no such thing as a late start – your child can start with us any week during the term.
Due to the way our courses are structured, a child can start with us any week during the term, subject to spaces being available. Our courses enable children to learn at their own pace, and this means your child can join after the term has started without losing out on any topics.
The earlier you book your child on a course though, the more likely you are to obtain a space.
For a nominal fee, we offer taster sessions for any child who would like to try things out before committing to the rest of the term.
During the Taster Session, we will evaluate the child’s ability with a view to making a recommendation regarding which course they might want to consider. Of course, if the child (or parent) has their own views on what course they want to attend, we will do our best to accommodate or suggest a path towards being able to eventually take the preferred course.
Further information about our Online Taster Sessions can be found by using the following link: Book an Online Taster Session
For most courses it is possible to book double sessions for your child for the term – simply add the second session you want to the shopping cart, and the fee for the second booking will automatically attract a 10% discount when you checkout.
Pro Rata Term Fees
Children who register after the start of the term (or after a Taster Session) will have their fees calculated on a pro rata basis. The fee is dependent on each child’s individual start date, and will be automatically calculated during the booking process.
Sessions for each course are held once a week, and children registered on a course will be expected to attend on a weekly basis, on the day and at the time chosen at the time of course registration.
Spark4Kids accepts childcare vouchers as fee payment towards all of our courses from the following childcare voucher providers:
- Bravo Benefits, formerly Busy Bees
- Co-operative Flexible Benefits
- Employers For Childcare
- Enjoy Benefits
- My Family Care
- NW Brown
- Reward Gateway
- Wider Plan
To pay for a course using childcare vouchers, select the course you want, add to basket, and then proceed to check-out by clicking “View Basket” (you may need access to your email account). At check-out, choose “Pay with Childcare Vouchers” as the payment option, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete your booking (you will be emailed instructions for completing payment using your childcare providers website).
We also support the ability to split your course fee between childcare voucher payment and a standard debit/credit card payment. To do this, kindly get in touch using the contact details listed in the footer of this page.
We offer sibling discounts for families with more than one child enrolled with Spark4Kids. The discount is 10% off the second child’s fees and 5% off any additional sibling’s fees thereafter.
For term-time bookings, children looking to have double sessions during term-time are also offered a 10% discount off the second hour of the session. For workshop bookings, children who are booked on a second workshop also attract a 10% discount on the second workshop.
Discounts are automatically applied during the booking process, but only if all courses are included in the same shopping basket, and paid for at the same time.