Hosting a club
Code Club projects have been written for children who are 9-11 years old based on average literacy and numeracy skills for this age group. Code Club is not meant to feel like a normal school lesson and the emphasis is on fun and creativity.
Code Club volunteers need a good understanding of computer programming in order to effectively run the club and help the children if they become stuck. We encourage all our volunteers to contact their local primary schools or public venues on their own but you don’t have to wait for their call, there are things you can do to find them for yourselves.
Or you might find that one of your staff members has a secret talent for programming and would like to run the club!
Make sure a member of staff is available to supervise your Code Club volunteer every week. This member of staff does NOT need to know anything about computing (although it’s a bonus if they do!) they are just there to be responsible for the children who are attending. It is important that our volunteers are never left in loco parentis.
What does a Code Club look like?
Code Club is a group of approximately 12 children learning to program under the expert guidance of a computer programmer.
Our projects are fun, creative and will help your children 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.
How do I get Code Club at my venue?
- Search for a volunteer on this site. If you can’t find a volunteer immediately here then start searching within your local community.
- Arrange to meet your volunteer. Discuss the timings an size of club. It is your responsibility to ensure your volunteer has had the correct checks and is fully insured. See our Terms and Conditions.
- Sign up children to your club. Ensure parental permission has been given.
- Make sure the volunteer has everything they need to run the club.
What to expect
Your volunteer will need to register your Code Club on our website in order to receive the projects they will teach.
Your volunteer might need to use your printer/colour photocopier each week as each child/pair of children will need a printed set of project instructions to work with each week.
You will need to make sure that all the computers you plan to use have Scratch downloaded and that the volunteer is familiar with the IT set up and policies at your venue.
How to help your volunteer
Once you have a volunteer there are some things you need to do to get your club formally set up. Contact us for more info.
You need to get the kids interested! It would be great if you can invite your volunteer into school to do an assembly about Code Club so they can tell the kids what they’ll be doing and what it will be like. Or if you are a public venue then put up posters to publicise it.