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Term-Time Dev Squad (age 12+, invitation-only)

£495Per Term (pro rata)

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Course Information

The Spark4Kids Dev Squad is an invitation-only course that extends the “Games Design 4 Kids” course, with a focus on building and releasing mobile games to the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The course will introduce attendees to the real world process of ideation, games design and development, app store certification, release as well as post-release app management. Members of the Dev Squad will also be attendees on the “Games Design 4 Kids” course (see below for enrolment information).

The number of attendees of the Dev Squad will be limited to 10 attendees per term.

 

Pre-requisites and Enrolling

To join the Dev Squad, attendees will either have to have attained app development experience on our existing “Games Design 4 Kids” course and then been invited to join the Dev Squad, or be able to present a portfolio of games or applications for review by Spark4Kids before joining (external applicants).

For external applicants looking to join the Dev Squad, the fees for joining are the same as existing Spark4Kids members, however as stated above, a review of potential attendee’s portfolio of apps/games is a pre-requisite for joining.

External applicants wishing to join the Dev Squad should get in touch with us using the contact details at the bottom of this web page, in order to initiate the process of joining. Note that newly registered attendees on the “Games Design 4 Kids” course will be required to build up knowledge of the course before being invited to join the Dev Squad.

 

Saturday Term Dates

Saturday sessions offer both in-person (12 noon) and online attendance (11am & 12 noon), and start the weekend of Saturday 18th September and run until Saturday 4th December 2021 (inclusive).

Please make note of the following weekends, when there will be no sessions:

  • Saturday 23rd October – Half-Term
  • Saturday 30th October – Half-Term

For our In-person classes we are based at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS), which has multiple points of access. The entrance to Spark4Kids at JAGS is Green Dale, off 144 East Dulwich Grove, LONDON, SE22 8TE. The Green Dale entrance leads to our new location within the JAGS campus – the 6th Form block.


Session Structure

With a tutor-to-child ratio of 1:6, each child completes 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!

 

Attendance

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.

 

Taster Sessions

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Safeguarding Policy

All of our tutors are DBS-checked, and our website as well as virtual LIVE! classrooms have high levels of security built-in, using standard security protocols to secure yours and our data.

All sessions are also monitored continuously, and our tutors will not tolerate bullying, bad language or inappropriate questions, conversations or content.

Follow this link to access the Safeguarding Policy.


 

Further Information

We offer sibling discounts, payment by instalments and payment using childcare vouchers on all our courses.

Paying by Instalments

Spark4Kids accepts payment by instalments on some of our courses, provided the booking is completed early (the option is not available if booking within a month of the course start date).

To pay for a course by instalments, kindly 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 by Instalments” as the payment option, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete your booking.

Childcare Vouchers

Spark4Kids accepts childcare vouchers as fee payment towards all of our courses from the following childcare voucher providers:

  • Bravo Benefits (formerly Busy Bees)
  • Care-4
  • ComputerShare
  • Co-operative Flexible Benefits
  • Edenred
  • Employers For Childcare
  • Enjoy Benefits
  • FairCare
  • Fideliti
  • KiddiVouchers
  • My Family Care
  • NW Brown
  • Reward Gateway
  • Sodexo
  • 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 Spark4Kids voucher payment details in order for you to complete payment via 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.

 

Sibling Discounts

We offer sibling discounts for families with more than one child enrolled with Spark4Kids. A discount of 10% is automatically deducted from the second child’s fees.

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 if all courses are included in the same shopping basket and paid for at the same time. They do not apply if sessions for siblings or other multiple sessions are booked and paid for in separate transactions.

 


Stencyl System Requirements

The system requirements below only apply if your child is attending the online, remotely accessible version of this course.

Windows Compatible Mac Compatible Chromebook Compatible Microphone required
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  • Hardware: Desktop computer, microphone and speakers (or headset with mic), mouse and keyboard, a fast internet connection.
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or above, Macs (OS X 10.14 Mojave or above) and Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later/ Debian Jessie or later/or libc6 2.15 or later)
  • License: Free
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Disk Space: 390MB

To find out what your computers’ technical specifications are, kindly use the links below:

Our online classroom software requires minimum internet speeds of 5 Mbps for upload and 15 Mbps for download. The vast majority of broadband providers’ packages will exceed these speeds. To test the speed of your broadband click the link below:

Check My Speed


Unity3D System Requirements

The system requirements below only apply if your child is attending the online, remotely accessible version of this course.

Windows Compatible Mac Compatible Chromebook Compatible Microphone required
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  • Hardware: Desktop computer, microphone and speakers (or headset with mic), mouse and keyboard, a fast internet connection.
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or above (64bit only), Mac (10.12 or above), Chromebook (Linux Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04 and CentOS 7)
  • License: Free
  • Memory:4GB RAM
  • Disk Space: 8GB
  • Processor: X64 architecture with SSE2 instruction set support (most modern devices support this)
  • Graphics: DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities

To find out what your computers’ technical specifications are, kindly use the links below:

Our online classroom software requires minimum internet speeds of 5 Mbps for upload and 15 Mbps for download. The vast majority of broadband providers’ packages will exceed these speeds. To test the speed of your broadband click the link below:

Check My Speed

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