Oxford-based children’s coding studio Code Ninjas is staging a back-to-school event on Saturday, September 4.

Code Ninjas, based on Magdalen Road, is run by dad-of-two Howard Lee-Smith who believes that extracurricular learning is a vital experience for the development of children.

He said: “We want to help children have fun learning after such a frustrating and limiting 18 months. 

“As they are becoming more confident, independent and savvy with technology, we as parents should be making every effort to develop thinking and problem-solving skills, as we would if they developed a passion for sport, music or any other extracurricular activity.”

Mr Lee-Smith decided to open Code Ninjas – the first children’s coding studio of its kind in Oxfordshire - after realising the importance of coding from his own children’s experience.

Working as an architectural lighting designer, he understands the importance of having digital literacy, especially as a child in the 21st century.

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He added: “Parents have worries about encouraging their children to pursue something that they don’t necessarily have a good understanding of. But in the digital age, coding and digital literacy is something employers consider a crucial skill.

For more information or to sign up to the free back-to-school event visit: tinyurl.com/c7jbj4.