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.
With Spark4Kids, each child is assigned their own computer (which we provide), and using a combination of interactive audio-visual material and tutor guidance, completes the Spark4Kids challenges in their own time.
The fun nature of our courses enable 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, with guidance provided, the children are able to take ownership of the code that they create.
At pick up time it’s not uncommon to hear children asking parents and tutors 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 and they will not lose 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.
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 payment towards our term-time courses and holiday workshops, from the following providers:
- Busy Bees
- Co-operative Flexible Benefits
- Employers For Childcare
- Enjoy Benefits
- NW Brown
- Reward Gateway
- Wider Care
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 book double sessions are also offered a 10% discount off the second hour of the session.
Discounts are automatically applied during the booking process.