Not at all! Our Code Club volunteers come from all walks of life - teachers, parents, students, grandparents, business people. You do not need any experience in coding. Just the ability to give one hour a week to teach the next generation of young programmers.
Yes. Everyone who volunteers at a Code Club is required to have a Working With Children Check by law. It is quick, easy and free to get for volunteer work.
We recommend you make a Code Club Australia account here so you get access to a range of extra resources and support to help you run your club.
We will primarily contact you via the email you provide to us when you sign up to be a volunteer. For any urgent issues, we will contact you via phone through your public venue. You can download our Privacy Statement in the footer below.
You can run the Code Club anytime you want as long as the public venue allows it. Many Code Clubs run during school lunch times (if your venue is a school), after school hours or on weekends. The only thing we ask is that you run for one term minimum to complete one module of the curriculum.
The Code Club vision is to give every kid the opportunity to learn coding. For this reason we do not allow our clubs, volunteers or venues to charge (not even a donation!) Please read our terms and conditions for more information.
Whether you're a new club starting up or an established club looking to expand, your Code Club can advertise for new volunteers directly from the club management app. Simply login with your Code Club Australia account and navigate to your club in the "Clubs" tab. Here you can edit your club and tick the 'looking for volunteers?' checkbox. Afterwards, your club will be shown on the Find a Club map to new volunteers as open to volunteers. Watch the applications roll in! Also take a look at the Resources available from your Club Dashboard. There are posters and other documents to help.
We recommend one volunteer teacher to 8-15 children depending on how experienced the teacher is. This makes sure that every child has the best opportunity to learn. Parents are a great resource for adult helpers too! And teachers at the school might want to lend a helping hand so they can bring the content into their classroom.
Congratulations on completing all the curriculum! There are lots more coding activities you can do. Check out the community projects on Code Club World and Raspberry Pi , and don’t forget to keep an eye on the website for additional content as it is added.
We recommend the venue already have the computers so everything is set up and ready to go as soon as the children arrive. If that is not an option, the children can bring their own computers but keep in mind there will be set up time (wifi, any software download). If wifi is a problem you can also download the offline Scratch editor from the Scratch website.
As a non-profit, Code Club cannot provide any extra hardware. Some libraries or classrooms may have additional hardware that you need. Alternatively, the venue can purchase them and the Code Club can borrow the resources. Also check out your local council or grants department who sometimes have tech grants available for community venues.
It’s always good to be prepared for the worst to happen so that is why we recommend downloading the offline Scratch editor and keeping it on a USB just in case the internet is down. Scratch offline is almost the same, but the children are not able to login or save their work. (They can save it by downloading it to their own USB)
At this stage Code Club Australia does not have the capability to sell our shirts online. Please keep an eye on our website for changes.
It’s great to recognise student achievements and their completion of the curriculum with certificates and awards. This keeps them engaged and wanting to learn more. Certificates can be presented at school assemblies or at the end of a term. Check out the resources on your Club Dashboard.
A club must be run at a public venue, like a library or school. These venues have safeguarding policies to ensure the safety of the children who participate in the program. Your club will not be approved unless the venue you register is one of these. Unfortunately, home-school venues are not able to register a club. Parents may use the projects and we recommend that you register for the newsletter to stay in touch.
Code Club currently works with over 2000+ teachers nationally so that even more students get the chance to code! We offer FREE, online Teacher Training to equip teachers with the confidence and ability to implement the digital technologies curriculum in their classroom. Find out more here .
Don't forget that all of our projects are matched to the Digital Technologies Curriculum, so it's easy to bring them straight to your classroom. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out.
The Online Teacher Training is for everyone! It's a great way to get started on bringing tech into your classroom. There's an emphasis on inclusion, accessibility and free materials. Whether you don't consider yourself a "techie teacher" or you are looking to build on previous knowledge. This course is for you.