Computer lessons for pre-school children
Click IT! has been thriving since1999. It is a business providing ICT tuition to the pre-school market. Click IT! is unique in that it offers a service within nursery schools during term time and school hours, working with young children in their own safe and familiar learning environment.
The lessons are designed to be both fun and educational with activities to cater for every level of learning from the beginner to the ‘Whizz - Kid’.
A Click IT! franchise represents more than just a sound business investment opportunity.
You are probably looking for work that fulfils you and gives you passion and self respect, yet allows you to combine a career with the hectic responsibilities of family life.
As a business that operates during term times and school hours only, it provides an ideal combination of a rewarding and worthwhile vocation, without the sacrifice of quality time at home.
Click IT! will only offer franchises to those who it believes are suitable and have the potential
to run a successful local Click IT! operation. A Click IT! franchisee does not need to have previous experience of teaching or of IT at an advanced level, as full training will be provided. Those most suited to becoming a Click IT! franchisee will meet the criteria listed below:
You will be:
- Self Motivated
- Dynamic & enthusiastic
- Strong personality
- Sales skills
- Affinity with children
- Honest & dependable
- Stable home life
- Support of family
- Previous career success
- Computer literate
- Academically sound
- Financially secure
The total start up cost of owning a Click IT! franchise is approximately £10,000 including all hardware, software and other set up costs.
In turn you will receive a renewable 5 year agreement covering an exclusive area and the full support of the Click IT! team.
Training and Support
Click IT! will provide you with everything that you need to run your business including:
- 10 years’ experience of teaching IT skills to pre-school children
- Comprehensive training in every aspect of the business
- An Operations Manual documenting everything that you need to know
- Termly lesson plans built around the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum using tried, tested and approved software
- Continuous development of curriculum and software
- On-line business administration and database system
- On-going business support and advice
- Marketing materials
- Access to literature, documents, letter templates and so on
From finance to running an IT business
Harsha Popat worked in finance for 12 years. Her experience is serving her well in her new career as a franchisee running her own business teaching IT to young children.
Having been made redundant from her finance job when she had her second child 10 years ago, Harsha decided to spend quality time with her children because she felt she didn’t want to miss out those important early years with them.
When her youngest started pre-school she began looking around for work. She had a friend who worked with Click IT! Kids, a business teaching IT to children in nurseries, who told her it was term-time only and you could work it around school time.
“It sounded fantastic. It meant I could drop my kids off and pick them up and have some ‘me’ time,” she said. Harsha sent in her CV through her friend. Meanwhile she saw an advert in the local paper for teachers. “I didn’t know it was for Click IT! Kids and I called up. The manager said she happened to be looking at my CV [which she was given by my friend].”
Harsha was given full training in how to teach IT skills to children. Click IT! Kids has detailed lesson plans and specially developed software. She then started working in two nurseries and gradually built up the number of nurseries she covered. She would typically finish her classes by 12 noon each day.
Harsha had so much confidence in the programme that last year she decided to take out a franchise with Click IT! Kids. Her children are now 13 and 10 and she wanted to take on running her own business, so she set up Click IT! Barnet.
“The kids love it,” she says. “The minute they know you are there, they cannot wait for their turn. The younger ones are in groups of two and the older ones are taught in groups of up to three. You really notice the difference. If they start at two they are well ahead of their peers when they start school. It also benefits the nurseries as Click IT! Kids takes away the burden they would normally have of teaching IT to children as part of the Early Years Foundation Scheme (EYFS) National Curriculum.”
The children progress at their own pace, starting with learning mouse and cursor skills. The lesson plans cover the early learning goals; so in addition to IT skills they learn numeracy and literacy skills on the computer. “When the children start school they can recognise their numbers and the alphabet. They are really confident about navigating around programmes and opening and shutting down the computer,” says Harsha.
Despite running the Click IT! Barnet franchise, which includes administrative work and marketing to potential nurseries, Harsha still keeps her hand in at teaching and still mainly works during term time. For instance, she runs open days at the end of the summer term to recruit children for the autumn term.
She covers Barnet, Hampstead and parts of Enfield in north London as part of her franchise. Harsha employs another teacher to give her more time to do marketing and gradually grow the business. She sometimes logs on at night, but never works later than 10pm.
“My financial background helps with running the business,” she says, “but I do not miss my former job. You cannot compare the time you gain with your children. It’s fantastic.”