Parents


Getting started

Code Club will teach your child much more than how to program a computer. Our projects are fun, creative and will help your child understand how to solve problems by breaking them down into smaller problems.

Our first set of projects uses Scratch which is software you download from the internet. We encourage children to carry on with their projects at home if they have enjoyed them.

If you would like your child’s school to start a Code Club then there are some things you can do to help. If the school isn't interested you could search for a public club on this site and see if there is one in your local area.


Tell your school about Code Club

Firstly, explain the idea to your child, does their little face light up? Would their friends be interested too?

Next thing to do is inform your child’s school about the existence of Code Club. Try chatting to some other parents and see if they sound interested, then get a meeting with your school’s head teacher so you can explain why it is so important to your child and how it will help the school.

Code Club volunteers are currently in huge demand so it will be much quicker to set up if you can help find a volunteer from within your community.


Volunteer at your child's school

Lots of parents run Code Clubs at their child's school. You don't have to be a coding genius to get a Code Club started. You just need to be enthusiastic, know one end of a mouse from the other and be willing to learn alongside the children.

Find out more about becoming a volunteer.

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My kid loves to code!

Here's a few other ways your child could get involved in coding:

Find your nearest Coder Dojo. Coder Dojo run open clubs that anyone can join. Children can work on their own projects with help from mentors.
Visit the Coder Dojo website

Speak to your school about Apps for Good. They send mentors into schools to help groups of children build an app together.
Visit the Apps For Good website

Check out Code Kingdoms, an online platform which enables children to design their own game worlds.


Got more questions?

You can bet we've answered them before.

FAQs


Search for a public club

Help find a volunteer

Once your school has agreed to host Code Club you can help them find a volunteer.
The volunteer needs to be a computer programmer, enthusiastic and preferably local.

Email

Email or talk to your head teacher

This is the best way to get a Code Club going. Gather a group of parents together and use your parent power!

Email template

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Join your regional Google group

Join the Code Club Google group for your local area and get talking to the people there. You can find your local group here.

Join Google group

Scratch

Download Scratch at home right now

You don't have to wait for Code Club. Download Scratch and get your kids started. Scratch is safe to download at home.

Scratch website