What Age Can Children Start to Learn Coding in Python? Is 7 Too Young?

In this blog, you can find out for yourself whether your young child is ready to code in Python. They will be able to watch a short video tutorial that will guide them through writing their first computer program in Python.

Young kids are often introduced to coding using children-specific platforms such as Scratch. There is a debate on whether this is an effective way of introducing coding or not, but in this article I will not focus on this issue*.

What is clear is that children should move on from Scratch to using a proper programming language at some point, a language that is actually used in the real world. Python is beyond doubt the best language to learn for beginners.

The age at which kids start learning Python varies a lot. Often, schools will not start using Python until secondary schools, and sometimes late in secondary schools. However it is wrong to think that Python is too difficult for younger students, as long as it is introduced in the right manner and using the right kind of projects.

For many years, we at codetoday have been teaching children starting from age 7 using Python and they enjoy it and do well. Here's the best way to find out for yourself.

Below is a short 15-minute video that introduces coding in Python to kids. The lesson will guide students through the basics of how to code in Python through a project that will allow them to draw pictures using code. Students will be able to follow the tutorial by coding themselves, and then carry on exploring after the video is over.