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 Scratch 4 Kids course is designed for children aged 7-10 who are taking their first steps in coding.
Scratch is a procedural programming language invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for teaching children the concepts of programming using visual blocks as the basic programming constructs. The coding environment within Scratch is both graphical and event-driven. The children manipulate on-screen objects (or sprites) that can be drawn or imported. Commands are grouped into ten categories which include “Motion”, “Sound”, “Pen”, “Data”, “Events”, and “Sensing” to name a few. Language commands are represented as visual blocks that snap together on a ‘coding canvas’ to form syntactically correct, complete programs.
This course is recommended for children aged 7-10, who are beginners or just starting out learning how to code.
The Online Spring 2021 Term starts the weekend of Saturday 9th January and runs until Saturday 27th March 2021 (inclusive).
Please make note of the following weekends, when there will be no coding sessions:
- Saturday 13th February – Half-Term
- Saturday 20th February – Half-Term
Our Online Spring 2021 Thursday Evening Sessions for Scratch 4 Kids, Python Intro 4 Kids, Python 4 Kids and Typing 4 Kids will start Thursday 14th January and conclude on Thursday 25th March 2021 (inclusive).
Please make note of the following dates, when there will be no coding sessions:
- Thursday 18th February – 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.
Spark4Kids accepts childcare vouchers as fee payment towards all of our courses from the following childcare voucher providers:
- Busy Bees
- Co-operative Flexible Benefits
- Employers For Childcare
- Enjoy Benefits
- NW Brown
- Reward Gateway
- Wider Plan
The process of paying using childcare vouchers is incorporated into the standard booking process – 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 with Childcare Vouchers” as the payment option, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your booking.
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.
Children looking to have double sessions during term-time are also offered a 10% discount off the second hour of the session.
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.
Minimum System Requirements
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- Hardware: Desktop computer, microphone and speakers (or headset with mic), mouse and keyboard, fast internet connection
- Operating System: Windows, Mac, Chromebook
- License: None
- Memory: n/a
- Disk Space: n/a
- Processor: n/a
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: