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What age should kids start coding?

Published on 3rd August 2020 by Tessa Robinson

Is your child interested in joining any local coding kids clubs? With many children learning to code now due to it being added to the national curriculum, there has been an ever increasing rise of coding kids clubs in the UK. The type of prospective jobs for the children of our future has changed hugely and some people think it is now just as important to teach children coding as it is reading. So what age should kids start coding? Club Hub has spoken to a few computing kids clubs to see what they think.

Elizabeth Tweedale, Founder and CEO, Cypher – Coding Kids Clubs

What age should kids start coding?“What age should kids start coding?” Or perhaps, ‘What age should you encourage curiosity in your kids?’ The first step to learning to code is to be curious – and curiosity comes naturally to kids. Coding is about breaking down a problem into steps that can be used as instructions to carry out a task. Children as young as two or three can learn ways to ‘codify’ instructions – no computers involved.

Take four coloured cards – red, green, blue, yellow. Red = jump, green = twirl, blue = step forwards, yellow = step backwards. You have coded a dance sequence! From four, children can apply their curiosity to screen-based coding. Our camps have creative themes that kids can relate to and inspire their interest. Our current Summer themes are Big Blue Adventure, World Tour and Global Greening. From Reception age, children can join our On Location camps and from six log in to our Live Online camps.

To learn more information and to join their coding kids club visit – www.cyphercoders.com

About Cypher – Coding Kids Clubs

Cypher inspires children to learn the language of the future – code, through creatively themed camps and clubs. Our unique approach ensures that the next generation is future ready. The Cypher enriching curriculum, which goes above and beyond the computer science National Curriculum requirements, helps your child be future ready by:

  • stimulating curiosity and creativity
  • developing 21st century skills – digital, emotional, social
  • enthralling themes from Magic to Minecraft to Big Blue Adventure to Fashion
  • nurturing confidence, collaboration, communication and problem solving
  • teaching the language of the future – code

Our Live Online Coding camps are on now and running all Summer until Friday 28th August, 2020

We are running just a few in-person On Location camps in Notting Hill from 3rd – 28th August, 2020

We aim to run both Live Online and On Location camps for 2 weeks during October half-term, 19th – 30th October, 2020


Molly Gilpin, Marketing Associate, Fire Tech

Coding Kids ClubsIn the past, parents wanted their children to become accountants, doctors and lawyers. Today, you are just as likely to hear parents talking about their kids becoming software developers, computer scientists and tech entrepreneurs. From creating video games to programming AI bots, coding is one of the most vital skills for young people in the 21st century.

Fire Tech recommends young people begin their coding journey while in primary school as it teaches them a wide range of cognitive skills in logic, problem solving and mathematics while giving them the knowledge and confidence to be a step-ahead in the tech-enabled world.

About Fire Tech – Coding Kids Clubs

Fire Tech empowers a global community of young tech creators, coders and leaders across the world. Fire Tech has delivered over 70,000 learning experiences to young people ages 8-17. They have partnered with some of the biggest companies like Amazon and Barclays, and been featured on the BBC, The Guardian and The Economist.

Join Fire Tech this August on one of their online coding or creative courses for kids and teens aged 8-17. Fire Tech have Week Long, Part Time and Self Guided Course options booking now. Or try out one of their brand-new Fire Tech Experiences to get a taster for different areas in technology.


Stephen Gruppetta, Founder and Director of Studies, Codetoday

What age should kids start coding?The answer depends on how you define coding. Although there are many children-specific platforms around, typically using blocks, real coding only starts when a real coding language such as Python is used.

As languages such as Python are text-based and include concepts that can be a bit abstract, we would not recommend it below the age of 7 or so. At that age they are ready to start coding in Python as long as it’s done properly, at the right pace, introducing topics in the right order and in an engaging way.

So should children not start coding earlier? We don’t think there is much to gain from starting earlier using children-specific platforms. There is nothing wrong with them as such but they can give children the wrong impression of what coding is, and if overused, children get bored of them (and of coding) quickly. What if your child is older but hasn’t started coding in Python yet? Don’t worry, they’ll catch up quickly!

About Codetoday – Coding Kids Clubs

Codetoday focuses on teaching coding using Python to children and teenagers starting from age 7, and adults looking to learn coding as a tool for their current or future work. We take the view that coding should be treated like any other academic subject, taught thoroughly and in an engaging manner, focusing on logical thinking and problem solving while enabling students to be creative.

Our curriculum spans the full range from beginners to advanced coding, including using programming within science, maths and data analysis (for older students). The emphasis in everything we do is to make sure students truly understand the programming mindset, and not merely learn how to mechanically write code. We deliver our courses either live online or in person.

Codetoday was set up in 2016 by Dr Stephen Gruppetta. Following a career as a physicist in academia, Stephen set up codetoday to offer a different approach to teaching coding. He now focuses on programme and curriculum development, instructor training, and he still teaches some of the courses himself.


Heather Lyons, Founder, blue{shift} coding – Coding Kids Clubs

Coding Kids ClubsDame Stephanie Shirley claimed in a Guardian article that children should start coding as young as 2. Coding is a skill that will be central to almost all jobs in the future and involves creativity as well as problem solving; thinking skills that translate well to many other pursuits. Coding is also fun – take it from Maddie, 12, who attends our online courses: ‘It was super fun and I learnt a lot about loops!’.

BlueShift classes start at age 5. At this point, children have the focus to really gain the maximum amount out of our classes and achieve the greatest learning objectives. We start with block-based languages suited to pre-readers and move on to JavaScript at age 8 and Python by age 9 or 10.

About BlueShift – Coding Kids Clubs

BlueShift was started in 2013 as a response to parents who wanted their children to code but didn’t know where to start by Heather Lyons, a technologist, educator and London mum. Our mission is to empower children to look under the hood of the technology that surrounds us and excite them about the things they can make and do with code. We want to inspire children to be active creators with code, rather than passive consumers.

Some facts about blueshift

  • We have taught over 4000 students through our camps and clubs
  • Our curriculum has been designed and tested in conjunction with UCL
  • Our teachers come from some of the best universities in the UK and are rigorously trained and vetted
  • We run clubs at over 20 London schools including Thomas’s Battersea and SPGS

We’ll be running live, online creative coding classes until August 28 in which our tutors mentor young students in everything from app development to Python and Minecraft modding. Not sure if your child will enjoy it?

Try a trial lesson for £20-25 to get a taste of what an online course can offer them. We also run 1:1 online tutoring which tailors our tried and tested curriculum to each child’s needs


Lynne Kerr, Director, ComputerXplorers South East Scotland

What age should kids start coding?“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think” Steve Jobs.

This quote by Steve Jobs is one of my favourite quotes and it could be argued that coding is now as important as learning to read and write. If the past few months have shown, it’s also more important than ever. Ever increasing numbers of people and businesses have turned to digital solutions to solve current problems and move forward in the current crisis and there’s no looking back.

However, at what age should kids start learning to code? Although our courses typically start from age 7+  I don’t think there should ever be a definitive age. Coding teaches such a wide range of skills from problem solving to logic and reasoning that these should be encouraged at any age whether that’s block or text based programming or coding in its widest sense with problem solving activities away from the computer.

About ComputerXplorers South East Scotland – Coding Kids Clubs

Hi, I’m Lynne and I’ve run ComputerXplorers SEScotland for over 10 years. We help school age children learn the latest coding and tech skills by providing engaging and interactive sessions where your child is at the heart of everything we do so that you can feel confident your child is engaged, inspired and prepared for an increasingly tech driven future.

ComputerXplorers design our own amazing computing activities and offer a huge range of technology based clubs and workshops, online sessions and self-guided courses including programming and coding, 3D and 2D animation, music technology, robotics, engineering, web design and digital literacy.

We are constantly striving to provide classes that are professional but have that personal touch where your child is at the centre of everything we do.

“These classes have been outstanding. My children have learned a lot of new skills and have loved doing the courses”

What’s more you can book a FREE trial for all our coding kids clubs. Book your free trial today.

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