Our Story – Chess For Children & Toddlers

Chess gives your child a head-start on life as it helps them developmentally, socially, and academically. At Chess Mates, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of learning and playing chess.That’s why we run chess classes for kids and toddlers in childcare centres and schools across the Brisbane area – so we can bring the awesome benefits of chess to you and your child.

Our Inspiration

When we looked at chess for children in Australia a few years ago, two main problems stood out to us.

The first was that no one offered chess for toddlers or young children. Most classes taught kids aged 8 and over.This is a huge missed opportunity, because with so much of a child’s brain development occurring prior to their fifth birthday, starting chess when they’re young provides kids with a head-start on life. (You can read more about the benefits of chess for toddlers and kids here.)

The other problem we saw was that many chess classes were too competitive. Chess for children is much more enjoyable when lessons focus on having fun and making new friends while learning. It’s also important for children to learn to deal with winning and losing, and to emphasise that it’s ok to lose.

Determined to fix these two problems in the market, Chess Mates was born in 2012. And we’ve been teaching chess in a fun, non-competitive environment to kids aged 2 to 10 ever since.

Our Team

Chess Mates is run byAsh Reddy. We have a team of enthusiastic chess teachers who love what they do.Their passion, professionalism, and commitment can easily be seen as you watch them in action teaching chess for children and toddlers. Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, but they’re united by their love for chess and teaching chess to children.

Every Chess Mates teacher is appropriately screened and holds a current Blue Card for working with children.

Our Classes

Our chess classes are run at schools and childcare centres, and privately on weekends (groups and one-on-one).To learn more about our classes, check out our programs page.

Our Community

When you enrol your child in chess classes, you’re joining a community of like-minded parents who understand the benefits of chess, and who value the opportunity it brings for helping their children reach their potential. Children and parents in our big chess family have formed lasting friendships that continue to flourish. We’d like to invite you to join our chess community too.

Start With A Trial Chess Class

Would you like to enrol your child or toddler in chess classes? We invite every child to join us for a trial lesson to see what learning chess is like.To enrol your child, get in touch with us today by emailing info@chessmates.com.au, or call 0415 256 452.You can also sign up for our newsletter.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Chess Mates family.

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