Do you want to give your child their best possible start? As parents, we want the best for our children.
We want them to be happy, healthy, and to have a head-start on life. We want to see them surrounded by friends, having fun, and finding joy in learning. Put simply, we want our children to develop into intelligent, well-rounded human beings.
Which is why chess classes for kids are such a great investment for your child’s future.
Studies have shown that up to 80% of kids’cognitive development takes place in the first five years of their life. That means that to maximise your child’s potential, you need to start young. Chess is the perfect way to do this.
It’s been shown that learning to play chess from age 3 can improve a child’s overall performance at school by nearly 20% compared to children who have not learnt chess. In other words, learning chess helps your child to leap ahead of their peers at school.
Chess classes help your child improve their attention span, develop emotional intelligence, make friends, prepare to start school, and have fun… all at the same time.
Doesn’t your child deserve that sort of head-start? To learn more about the specific benefits of chess classes for kids, read our “Why Chess?” page
Enhance reading, memory, language, and mathematical abilities.
Foster critical, creative, and original thinking.
Strengthen problem solving skills, teaching how to make difficult and abstract decisions independently.
At Chess Mates, we teach chess classes for kids aged 2 to 10 in Brisbane and south-east Queensland.
Your child is taught in a fun and engaging environment, with creative storytelling, songs, and physical movement. For older children, we focus on teaching chess with storytelling, chess puzzles, and games of chess. We also teach planning skills as they learn to think one step ahead, and use the technology they are familiar and comfortable with to aid in their learning.
Chess Mates chess classes are about learning, not just facilitating games of chess. Nor do we focus on winning. Instead, we teach about winning and losing in a supportive environment, so your child can learn to deal with both situations emotionally. We focus on how chess can be fun and help your child make new friends.
Chess Mates chess classes are taught in childcare centres, at schools, and privately on weekends. We also offer one-on-one chess classes in your home. That way, there’s always an option to suit you and your child.
All our teachers have current Blue Cards for working with children. Classes are capped at 6 kids in childcare centres. In schools, we have 10 students per teacher, so your child receives the individual attention they deserve, while also learning and practising social skills, and making new friends.
For kids aged 2 to 3-and-a-half, classes go for 20 minutes. Other childcare classes run for 30 minutes, while school classes are 30 to 45 minutes in length. At the end of each term, you receive feedback on your child’s progress and learning.
Our kids love learning chess.Your child will too. We invite all children to join us for a trial lesson so they can see what learning chess is like.We look forward to helping your child to enjoy their best possible start, and to welcoming you to our family chess community. You can also sign up for our newsletter.
“I just wanted to let you know that I’m consistently receiving positive feedback from Sofia (and often joyous excitement) about what’s she’s learnt in her Monday chess class.”
“Hayden is really enjoying his chess class. He often practices at home too with his Dad.”
“Adela enjoys playing chess and she learn new things all the time which is so great.”
“We have had The Leaps Chess Class program for the past 6 months and the children have found it fun and look forward to “The Chess Man” coming each week. The children are learning so much about the game and really enjoy the fact that the class is so interactive. We have had nothing but positive feedback from parents and look forward to continuing to offer the program at the centre.”
“Our children look forward to chess classes every week. We have found that our children enjoy playing chess so much that we have created a space for a chess board in our classroom. They have now become mentors to their friends as they pass on the knowledge that they gain to their peers and also their teachers.”
“The classes are taking off really well at the other centres and I think is suitable for children 3 years and older through to school age children ( in particular). My 3 older children are currently participating in the class. Ash gives an in-depth feedback regarding the children’s progress after the classes. The kids love the classes and can’t stop talking about it at home. Within 2 weeks they were sitting down playing games of chess together.”
I just wanted to thank you guys so much for the wonderful chess mates incursion you provided for us. The younger children enjoyed the creative way you taught them through storytelling, games and songs while the older children appreciated the strategies, challenges and humour. Looking forward to having you back for the upcoming vacation care period.
Have you been looking for extra-curricular activities for your childcare centre that don’t fall into the same old categories of “sports” and “dancing”?
Chess classes for kids are a great extra-curricular activity for childcare centres that strive to offer a nurturing, learning-oriented environment that prepares kids for school and provides them with a real head-start on life and learning.
If you would like to learn more about how you can introduce chess classes to your childcare centre, send us a message, or call 1300 Chess Mates (1300 243 776).