During this COVID-19 pandemic, Spark4Kids are offering our computer coding courses online. 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, albeit online.
- Our courses have LIVE! tutors supporting attendees during online sessions
- Full training on using our online classroom is provided to attendees
To book this online course, please select your options from the “Book Course” section on this page and then click on “Add to Basket”. Once you are happy with your course selection in the Basket, click “View Basket” and complete your booking.
The Games Design 4 Kids course introduces kids to designing and coding 2D video games for computers, mobile devices, and the web.
Using the Stencyl tool and it’s built-in visual programming language, users drag and drop code from a palette of “code blocks”, snapping them in place and nesting within each other, enabling the creation of advanced logic from basic components. This course is a next step in progression after completing our “Coding 4 Kids” course.
This course is recommended for children aged 11-14 who have extensive experience with block languages (such as Scratch) and want to branch into creating games for web, mobile and desktop using professional-level tools.
Saturdays – our Online Summer Term 2021 Saturday Sessions starts the weekend of Saturday 24th April and runs until Saturday 10th July 2021 (inclusive).
Please make note of the following weekends, when there will be no coding sessions:
- Saturday 29th May – Half-Term
- Saturday 5th June – Half-Term
Sundays– our Online Summer Term 2021 Sunday Sessions for Python 4 Kids, Games Design 4 Kids and Unity 4 Kids will start Sunday 25th April and conclude on Sunday 11th July 2021 (inclusive).
Please make note of the following dates, when there will be no coding sessions:
- Sunday 30th June – Half-term
- Sunday 6th July – Half-term
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!
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.
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.
All of our online 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.
Online sessions are also monitored continuously, and our online tutors will not tolerate bullying, bad language or inappropriate questions, conversations or content.
Follow this link to access the Safeguarding Policy.
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.
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.
Stencyl System Requirements
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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: