As early as the age of 4, kids can learn the basic concepts of coding. Coding for children is generally taught using content and delivery platforms that are high interest, semi-challenging, and require creative input. Learning to code activates very similar areas in the brain as in learning a new language, and the earlier you start, the easier it will become. Due to the challenging nature of learning coding, It is often difficult to motivate kids to return to a challenge after failing for the first time. This is why visual-based software such as Scratch has been developed to aid kids in understanding the basics of programming. Software like this works by linking colored blocks of code to a function and rendering a result, informing the child of their grasp of the concept being illustrated.
Such programs usually have
a visually appealing user interface, and are designed to keep a child’s
interest. This software means that children with even the most basic level of
comprehension can begin to use code in creative and constructive ways.
A child can potentially
deliver industry standard software at any age. A famous example is Muhammad
Hamza Shahzad, a British boy who competantly produces professional software at
just 7 years old. There are numerous other cases where children of a very young
ages have produced software that can be considered at an advanced level. It is
evident that the younger a child starts to learn coding, the more tools they
have to realise their creative goals in later life.