TechyTots was established at the beginning of 2017 in response to a gap in the market by mum of two Gemma Murray. Having family members working in this field and after researching the benefits of teaching children coding Gemma was keen to introduce her own children to coding and quickly realized there was nothing available in the early years to develop such skills.
It was quickly apparent that there was high demand for TechyTots with lots of schools asking to run sessions and with family sessions being popular. In just over a year the level of supply and demand was so high for TechyTots, the opportunity for the business to grow was clear. TechyTots is now a national franchise providing classes from Tyneside to London.
Now run by Gemma’s Cousins, Julie Barber and Sarah Hamilton TechyTots has gone from strength to strength.
TechyTots is the first class in the uk to bring together technology and play to introduce children to coding. Our aim is to work on the first steps of coding with children at a young age to help prepare them for the technical world we now live in whilst making it fun. 'Coding' for those who do not already know is simply a set of instructions for a computer or device. At TechyTots we encourage children to develop early coding skills by using robots and the most advanced ‘Techy’ toys available. We also use unplugged play and activities which encourage problem solving skills, critical thinking, sequencing, early math skills and early programming, which are not only educational but lots of fun too!
At TechyTots we #Play Learn Code
Coding is similar to reading, writing and arithmetic in terms of its symbolic and communication qualities[...] In this regard, it’s appropriate to begin introducing coding concepts at the same time these other preschool concepts are learned.
- Camille McCue, Ph.D., author of Coding For Kids For Dummies.
“Everybody should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”
- Steve Jobs
“Coding is the language of the future, and every girl should learn it. As I've learned from watching girls grow and learn in our classrooms, coding is fun, collaborative and creative.”
- Reshma Saujani