The Python 4 Kids course introduces attendees to a powerful, modern programming language that has a gentle learning curve along with lots of useful accompanying documentation. The nature of Python means you can write short programs really quickly, with the platform remaining flexible enough for its use to be limited only by the programmers imagination.
The simplicity of Python, does not impede its application as a serious programming language. In industry, Python is used in many famous organisations including NASA, Digg, Yelp, Google, DropBox, and Pinterest to name a few, and countless experienced programmers and security professionals use Python in their day-to-day work.
This basic introduction to Python will cover the basic language features, including:
- While loops, Arguments, Variables, If statements
- Coding Arithmetic, Counters, Advanced While loops
- Arrays, Object Literals, For loops
- Function definitions, Drawing, and Modulo
All of this makes Python an ideal first “proper” programming language for those children progressing past the basics of coding. This course is a next step in progression after completing our “Coding 4 Kids” course.
This course is recommended for children aged 11+ who are ready to progress on to text/keyword-based languages after having programmed “block” based languages (such as Scratch).
With Spark4Kids, each child is assigned their own computer (which we provide), and using a combination of interactive audio-visual material and courseware, completes the Spark4Kids challenges in their own time.
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, the children are encouraged 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. They simply start at the beginning of their chosen course, and work through the challenges (as all other children did when they started).
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. You can register for a Taster Session by visiting this page.
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 that parents chose at the time of booking.
Fees are paid up-front to cover the sessions for the term. Children who register after the start of the term will have their fees calculated on a pro rata basis (note that the fee for this course is listed at the top of this page).
Fee payment is by bank transfer – contact us for details (see contact details at the bottom of this page).
Spark4Kids accepts childcare vouchers as payment towards our term-time courses from the following providers:
- Busy Bees
- Employers For Childcare
To pay for our courses using childcare vouchers, please email us (see details at the bottom of the page) and we will provide instructions on completing your booking. If your childcare voucher provider is not listed above, please contact us about this.
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.
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