Frequently Asked Questions

Why chess for kids and toddlers?

Many studies have shown the unique developmental, social, and other benefits children enjoy when they learn to play chess from a young age.To discover the benefits of learning chess, read our in-depth article on “why chess?” here.

How do I enrol my child in chess classes?

To enrol your child in childcare or school chess, fill out an enrolment form at the centre, or email us today: For weekend or one-on-one classes, email us or call 1300 CHESS MATES (1300 243 776).

How does a chess class run?

In childcare centres, when it’s time for your little one’s chess class, the teacher will arrive and gather your child and their classmates, or the childcare staff will bring the children out to the chess area. Classes are held separately from the other children in the centre. For school programs, chess classes are usually held in the Library. Private one-on-one classes are generally run in your home.

Do you teach chess to toddlers?

It’s not just children who benefit from learning to play chess.Toddlers do too.That’s why, at Chess Mates, we teach chess classes for toddlers aged 2+.

How is chess taught?

Your child is taught in a fun, non-competitive, and engaging environment. We teach moves and tactics with creative stories, songs, and physical movement. For older children, we also use technology to help them learn and remain engaged.

How are chess classes supervised?

In addition to your Chess Mates teacher, there may also be a school or childcare staff member supervising the class. Please check with your school or childcare centre to learn more about what happens on chess days.

Will I receive feedback on my child’s progress?

Due to the large number of children who take part in our chess classes, we are unable to provide regular weekly feedback. Instead, we provide you with feedback about your child’s progress and learning at the end of each term.

However, if you would like to know before the end of term how your little one is going with their chess sessions, you are most welcome to contact us.

How many children in a session?

The number of children who can participate in each Chess Mates childcare session is capped at six, per session. This means that every child has the opportunity for a great experience and individual attention. If seven or more children are registered, and playing regularly, then we look to increase the number of sessions the teacher runs, depending on the needs of the group and the school timetable.

Do Chess Mates teachers hold Blue Cards?

Yes, all Chess Mates teachers hold Blue Cards for working with children.

How do I pay for my child’s chess classes?

Lessons are billed per term.

What if the other kids at the childcare or school get jealous?

We generally find that in childcare centres and schools, chess lessons are a case of out of sight, out of mind.After all, chess classes are held away from the other children who are not participating. If you felt there are any issues with jealousy, you can talk to your childcare or school staff to address any concerns.

How long does each chess class run for?

For childcare programs, chess classes normally run for 30 minutes. However, for students aged between 2 and 3 and a half years, chess classes run for 20 minutes. Sessions in the school chess program run for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the age of the children participating, and any restrictions in school timetabling.

How many children are allowed in each chess class?

For the childcare program, numbers are capped at 6 children per session. If 7+ children are registered and playing regularly, then we will look to increase the number of sessions we run, and will split the children between the two classes.

For school programs, classes are capped at 10 students per teacher. So if, for example, there are 12 students enrolled, there will be 2 chess teachers running the classes. Depending on your school, and additional teacher from the school may also assist during chess classes.

We keep numbers low so that every child has the opportunity for a great experience and individual attention.

What happens when you need to change teachers?

Like all of us, children get used to the status quo and tend to develop strong bonds with their teachers. From time to time, a teacher may be unable to attend their chess class, or they may move on permanently. While we do our utmost to minimise these changes, sometimes it is unavoidable.

Some children may experience a minor degree of grief after losing a beloved teacher.This is normal, but will pass. If your child does receive a new teacher, we are confident they will come to love them just as much as they loved their old one.