- Set up a Code Club: most clubs run for one hour each week, with 10 – 20 children
- Manage a club space which is safe and suitable for children
- Arrange access to computers for the children to use
- Download software for the children, most clubs start with Scratch
- The club must be free of charge for the children to access
To host a Code Club you need to have a member of staff available to help run the club and be present in the club sessions. A volunteer shouldnâ€™t be left in loco parentis. This member of staff does not need to know anything about coding, but it’s a great chance for them to learn.
The member of staff who hosts the club will need to:
- Check the volunteerâ€™s criminal recordÂ statement, so you’ll need to be familiar with your venueâ€™s safeguarding policy
- Ensure that all the children who come to the club have appropriate permission from a parent/guardian to attend
- Check that your venue has appropriate insurance to cover the volunteer and the club
- Ensure that there is appropriate equipment, software and a way of printing resources for the children
Please note: Code Club does not interview volunteers – it is the job of the club host to find out more about the volunteer and check you are happy for them to run a club at your venue.
How Code Club support you
- We provide a platform to help you find a local, trained and DBS-checked volunteer
- We provide free projects for the children, which are step by step guides for creating games, animations and websites
- Free online or face to face training sessions to get you started
Ready to go? Register on our site as a club host to contact a local volunteer and get started.
If you are ready to host a Code Club at your school, library or community space, the first step is to register on our site and weâ€™ll take you step by step through the things you need to do to find a volunteer.
- Create an account on our site
- Add your venue details to your account
- Search for volunteers in your local area and contact them. Volunteers can contact you through the site too
- Next you should meet the volunteer, plan how you will run the club and check their criminal record certificate
- Add the volunteer to your club on our website – this will make the club active, hooray!
- Once the club is active, you will be able to view your Club ID and PIN, so you can access all our resources
- Contact a few different volunteers to find the perfect person to help with your club, as volunteers may have different availability
- If youâ€™ve set up your club as a library, community centre, museum or â€˜other venueâ€™ on our site, potential attendees can contact you through the Code Club website too (you can update this at any time)
- Donâ€™t forget to get parental permission for every child who will be attending the club