Never too young

The next generation of IT entrepreneurs will be starting even younger than ever before, thanks to companies such as ComputerXplorers, which is teaching ICT skills to children as young as three.

For example, the nursery pupils at Bruntsfield House Nursery in Edinburgh are being taught to use interactive software packages with popular cartoon characters such as Bob the Builder. Students are also taught basic programming through instructing a robot where to move to which helps spatial awareness and basic maths.

Lynne Kerr, managing director, ComputerXplorers, runs classes for kids up to the age of 13. "The classes have a huge impact on the children's preparation for primary school, especially as ICT is central to the Government's plans for education.” she was reported as saying in the Scottish business magazine Business 7.

"It gives them the opportunity to use ICT, which they may not be able to do at home, and we can provide a much wider range of software activities than most nurseries can offer."

Isobel Yacomen, manager of the Pontymoile Under Fives in Pontypool, said: "We are delighted with the progress our children have made through attending ComputerXplorers regularly. Their confidence has grown and with it their ability to control the mouse, enabling them to participate fully in the educational programmes used.

“They delight in their own achievements and are always keen to earn reward stickers. They took to John, their teacher, straight away and look forward to his weekly visit. Our children are all aged 2-3  and we feel that the excellent input and encouragement they are receiving will stand them in very good stead for a future in which computer technology will be second nature to them."