Say the words “video game” and your kids are bound to stop and listen. Thanks to the brand-new kids coding centre in Milton Keynes, local children can now build on their love of gaming and technology by becoming a real-life coding ninja.
From the 17th April, families from across the area can experience Code Ninjas in all its glory, as the centre opens its doors in Milton Keynes!
The exciting new business was set to host a grand opening event late last year but was delayed because of COVID-19. However, local married couple, Girish Betadpur and Divya Betadpur, have decided that now is the perfect time to formally launch their new venture.
“Like all businesses, we have felt the strain caused by the pandemic. However, we believe there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Girish.
“We feel very passionately about our commitment to the community and hope to become a real after-school hub for local families. And as parents, we’re very proud to start a business that is purely focused on providing life skills for local children, especially during this pivotal time. Many children in our area have missed a significant period of school during lockdown – making the most of local extra-curricular activities is a great way to tackle learning loss. We’ve put significant processes in place to ensure the wellbeing of the children and will be keeping student numbers to a minimum to ensure social distancing measures can be met.”
As you can imagine, things are done a little differently at Code Ninjas. Centres are called dojos, teachers are called Code Senseis®, and students – or ninjas – work through a colour-coded programme to earn wristbands – or belts – just like in martial arts! ‘Belt-up’ ceremonies mark a ninja’s graduation to the next level. Most important of all, the entire curriculum is based on learning through fun. Kids aged 5-14 can often be found working with small teams of friends, building robots or drones and even developing games and apps of their own. And the best part? The coding dojo is a parent-free zone!
“The past 12 months have been so hard for children and parents alike, what with all the home-schooling. That’s why we want to help give parents a break by encouraging our ninjas to become independent learners. Once they enter the dojo, the only adults in the room are our fully trained Code Senseis. One of the best things for parents is how easy the drop-off process is. Parents can either leave their child with us whilst they’re running errands, or they can hang around and make the most of our parents’ lounge – complete with free coffee, Wi-Fi and working zone! As busy parents ourselves, we know how valuable any down time is, which is why we’ve really invested in our seamless drop-off process and flexible session times,” added Divya.
Ninjas can attend sessions up to twice a week at a time that’s convenient for the whole family – and that means it doesn’t have to be the same day and time every week. The centre will also be open on weekends, allowing families to make the most of the handy town centre location.
“Both Divya and I come from a technology background, so we’re more than aware of the need for the next generation to have an understanding of coding. When researching coding education opportunities for our own daughter, Aadya, we realised there really wasn’t any provider in our community that fulfilled that need. So, we took matters into our own hands by launching Code Ninjas! Milton Keynes is a real hub of innovation when it comes to digital technology and so we want to give children living in our area the best head start possible by providing a quality standard of coding education, delivered in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
“First and foremost, Code Ninjas is a safe space where kids with a love of gaming can come and feel included and encouraged but our programme also teaches invaluable life skills, like team-building and communication. We’re excited to be able to be a positive influence on the young minds of this community.”
Girish and Divya will be welcoming local families to come and find out all there is to know about their exciting kids coding programme at one of their open days, starting on the 17th April.
To register or find out more about Code Ninjas, visit http://www.codeninjas.co.uk/miltonkeynes-bkm-uk