Help your child get started with coding

– easily and safely!

Scratch coding exampleHave you ever seen your child wanting to spend more time on the computer than you’re comfortable with, without you fully knowing what they are doing?

  • Have you worried about their online safety?

Did you find yourself wishing for a simple, safe and constructive way to ensure they are ready for the future?

Let’s face it, computers will play an important role, no matter what their career choice is going to be.

That’s exactly how I felt when my son was about 9, and became fascinated by computers. He wanted to spend as much time possible on them. I didn’t know how to channel that fascination into a safe and constructive direction, but when he discovered the online child-focused coding platform Scratch, I started to learn alongside with him.

The best decision ever!

Instead of staring at him blankly when he talked about it, I could help him with his first projects. He was soon able to do it all by himself, with me just pointing him in the right direction now and again. It gave us a common interest, and started a long-term interest on his part in computer science.

Intro to Coding for Parent & Child:

A New Course!

The positive experience with my own son inspired me to introduce other children to Scratch coding, too, and over the years, more than 300 children have attended my classes in the Dublin area, both in my own training room and in various public libraries.

And now I’m bringing the Intro to Coding for Parent & Child course to you – online, from the comfort of your own home!

How it works

In this course, I introduce you and your child to my favourite coding platform, Scratch, helping you to get started quickly and easily, so that after just three weekly one-hour sessions, you will be able to lean back and watch their future journey towards digital creativity and literacy!

  • We meet online as a group on three consecutive Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • The next course is starting on Wed 18 September 2019.
  • If you can’t make it live, or if you’d like to go over the material again, there will be a recording available from the next morning.
  • There will be exercises as “homework,” and written documentation for these exercises.
  • Between these sessions, you will have full email access to me, and I will answer any questions promptly – normally within the hour, but always within 12 hours.
  • I will also provide detailed feedback and suggestions on all projects your child creates and submits during the course.

When I offer this as a fully-fledged course to the general public, this Parent & Child Introduction to Coding 3-Week Module will cost at least €80.

The price right now, for my exclusive (6 spaces only) second online Intro To Coding For Parent & Child group, 

  • for three 60 min online classes,
  • access to the recordings,
  • unlimited email support and
  • detailed review of all submitted Scratch projects during the period

will just be €55 per parent-child team

And it will provide you with the opportunity to…

… spend quality time together with your son / daughter;

… ensure they are going to be ready for their digital future;

… start them on something that may well be a safe, engaging, and creative hobby for many years to come – just like it turned out to be for me and my son!

Sabine, a mother and a daughter
Parent and Child Coding Workshop, Swords Co. Dublin. Photo credit: Fingal Libraries

Who is this for?

For parents who would like to help their child (ideally aged 8 to 10) get started with coding.

Parents need no previous experience or coding knowledge. You will learn alongside your child.

This course is also great for kids that can’t attend group settings due to additional needs.

A bit about me, Sabine McKenna

As a fully qualified and Garda-vetted primary teacher with years of experience teaching in Ireland, I understand the importance of engaging children in their learning, and unlocking their creativity.

I hold two postgraduate degrees in computer-related areas (Computing for Commerce and Industry; Digital Media Creation for Education), and over the last four years, I have helped more than 300 children develop their digital skills.

My small-group classes in Skerries, Co. Dublin are pretty unique in the amount of personal attention and mentoring each participant receives. I also run workshops in a dozen different libraries in the Dublin area, where the biggest regret from participants was that they would have liked for the classes to continue!

This is what three of the participants of my 2019 Introduction to Coding summer camps had to say:

“Thank you very much for teaching me to code and introducing me to scratch. I never imagined coding to be like this. … I’d recommend scratch because lots of great coders are on it, and it’s also very safe.” RD, 11 years

“It was really fun and a great learning experience to learn more about coding.” LM, 15 years

“If you love playing games you should start on Scratch.” CD, 9 years

Watching your child engage week after week with the Scratch coding platform, playing their games, and admiring their animations will make this course a more-than-worthwhile investment.

Sign up now!

I’m so convinced that you’ll love the course that I’m offering you the full money back, if after two weeks you’re not satisfied.

Three times 60 minutes spent together with your child, doing something they will love – it’s like taking a break from your busy lives together!

If can’t make the weekly online class one of the weeks, simply use the recording and go through the material at any time during the week.

Now you have the chance to lay the foundation for something that could give your child a real head start in life.

  • Are you interested in being among the first parent-child teams to do this course?
  • Are you ready to help your child in their journey towards their digital future?

If the answer is YES –  enrol here (click on the link) and secure one of the 6 parent-child team spots I’m making available.

The next Introduction course starts
on Wed 18 September, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
and  enrolment ends two days before

Act now to secure a space.


Who is this course for? Do I need to know about computers / coding / Scratch?

The course is ideal for all those with little or no previous knowledge. If you can browse the internet and send and receive emails, and / or update your Facebook, you should be fine. Instructions on how to use the video conferencing platform will be provided prior to the course! (And it’s surprisingly straightforward.)

Am I guaranteed a space?

Once you sign up, you will receive an email within 24 hours to confirm. First come, first served. 6 participant parent-child teams per course max. So best sign up now to secure a space

When do classes take place?

Online classes take place on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Irish time.

How much time does the course need?

To participate successfully, you’d need to plan in 2 x 30 min sessions on the computer per week in addition to the one-hour online classes. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out!

Can I do this course on my phone / tablet?

No. Scratch needs a computer or laptop (does not work on tablets or smartphones).

Do I need to use a webcam?

The course is more fun if you have a camera on your computer, so the other participants can see you during class. During the first course, this was the part the children liked best – connecting with the others online!

How do I sign up?

Just follow the link  and secure one of the 6 parent-child team spots I’m making available.

Any questions, comments, suggestions? Send them to me,

The Computer Kids Online vision: To help children to develop their digital skills so they can be confident, creative and competent digital citizens, through courses that are fun and engaging. Our values are: Growth. Excellence. Enthusiasm. Knowledge. Better every day!

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.