Design a Father's Day card with a twist to win one of ten Kano computers!

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Computer code runs our world – from the website you're reading right now to the traffic lights that line our roads. Pretty cool when you actually think about it, huh?

It's now part of the national curriculum, and getting tech-savvy at an early age could give your kids a head-start in the world of work. Barclays has been helping introduce kids to the world of code through free, in branch sessions, delivered by Barclays Digital Eagles. They've also launched an online Playground so that everyone can have a play with code. The website has a brand new feature for Father's Day and we're running a prize draw for kids who create their own unique e-card - see below for more details.


Prize draw

Give your DC the unique opportunity to make a Father's Day card with a difference this year.

To enter the prize draw just go to the Code Playground site, and design a Father's Day card with your DC. Once you're happy with the design, you'll receive a link to your finished card. Simply copy and paste the link into the box in the form below to be in with a chance of winning one of five Kano build-it-yourself computers, worth £119.99! Here's one we made earlier at MNHQ...

Father's Day Card

We also have five more Kano kits to give away on the sponsored thread where you can share your card design and your DC's experience of coding with other Mumsnetters.


WIN! Ten lucky Mumsnetters will win a Kano computer courtesy of Barclays!


Importance of coding

Digital skills are in very high demand at the moment. We know, we know - not everyone wants to become a programmer - but the skills that coding teaches are invaluable to all kids and could end up being very lucrative in the long-term.

Tom Enraght-Mooney from Kano says: "Coding is a way of thinking logically about a problem and piecing it all together. It helps us to learn a consistent way of thinking and developing a logical mindset." This can help with problem-solving and structuring arguments – skills essential in careers such as law and medicine. Tom helps create computer kits designed to get people coding.


Barclays Code Playground 

Barclays recognises the importance of teaching kids how to code and has built an online playground where they can start to discover coding for themselves. It's a safe place where young explorers can try their hand at fun activities based on simple coding principles. 


Book a coding session at your nearest branch

Want your DC to learn more about coding? Bring them along to a coding session with Barclays Digital Eagles – experts who'll guide your children as they take on fun challenges that introduce them to the basics of coding.

Barclays Digital Eagles provide free help and advice on all things digital - and coding is no exception. Charlotte Snell, one of the many Digital Eagles, says: "It's really important that Digital Eagles offer support to families because we are going through a digital revolution at the moment, and we don't want people to be left behind."

These monthly, two-hour coding sessions are aimed at those aged between seven and 17, and are available in selected branches. They offer a fun way to learn the basics and develop digital skills for the future. All you need to do is find your nearest appropriate branch and bring your DC along with their laptops - the Digital Eagles will do the rest. Places are limited, so book ASAP at


See what happened when MNers and their kids learnt to code with Barclays Digital Eagles 




Prize draw closing date: 21 June 2015


Barclays additional terms and conditions: 1. Barclays is running a promotion giving you a chance to win a Kano computer, (the "Prize Draw"). 2. By entering, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. Who may enter? 3. The Prize Draw is open to United Kingdom residents aged 16 years or over at the time of entry. 4. You are not eligible for the Prize Draw if you are employed by Barclays or you are materially connected to the administration of the Prize Draw. How to enter. 5. You can enter the Prize Draw from 28 May 2015 until 23.59 on 21 June 2015. 6. Entries made after this time will not be valid, even if they appear to be registered. 7. Entry into the Prize Draw is free. 8. To enter the Prize Draw, you must fill out the form above. 9. Only one entry per person is permitted. 10. Lost, delayed, undelivered, incomplete or multiple entries will not be entered into the Prize Draw. 11. Entries with obscenities, of a defamatory nature, include any personal details (eg address or bank details), or infringe any third party rights will be excluded from the Prize Draw.The Prize. 12. The Prize Draw winners will win a Kano computer (the "Prize"). 13. The Prize has no cash equivalent, and no alternatives will be offered. 14. The Prize and participation in the Prize Draw cannot be exchanged or transferred, and may be subject to additional terms and conditions of Mumsnet. 15. However, in the event that the Prizes offered are unavailable due to circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to offer alternative prizes of equal or greater value. 16. The Prize Draw winner is responsible for their own expenses incurred in connection with the Prize, including travel and accommodation expenses. Selecting the Winners. 17. The winners will be drawn at random on 22 June 2015 from all eligible entries. 18. The Promoter will try to notify the winners by email. 19. The winner will receive their Prize by first class post within 14 days of the Prize Draw taking place. 20. The Promoter's selection of the winner is final. 21. The name and county of the winner will be made available to anyone sending the prize in a stamped, addressed envelope; within twenty eight days of the published closing date.  22. No other correspondence will be entered into. 23. The Promoter reserves the right to publish names, photographs and county of the winner or to publicise the prize-giving presentation after the date of the draw. Personal Information. 24. Barclays and the Promoter will only collect, store and use your personal information, such as name, age, telephone number and email address for the purposes of entering you into and administering the Prize Draw as set out in these rules, and not for any other purpose without your consent. 25. This will not affect any existing marketing preferences that you have registered with Barclays. 26. By entering the Prize Draw, you consent that your personal information may be transferred to our service providers and agents (including their sub-contractors) to store and use as necessary to administer the Prize Draw. We will never pass your information to any third party for them to use in their own direct marketing, without your consent. 27. Your personal information will be held on record for a short period of time as necessary to administer the Prize Draw and then securely destroyed. Liability. 28. To the extent permitted by law, neither Barclays nor the Promoter will be liable for any loss, damage, injury or disappointment suffered in connection with the Prize Draw (including any damage to your or any other person's computer or mobile phone equipment as a consequence of downloading or accessing any materials), or any delays or failure (in whole or in part) to perform any of its obligations if such delay or failure is caused by something beyond its reasonable control. 29. The Prize Draw is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook/Twitter. 30. You agree to release Facebook/Twitter from any liability associated with this Prize Draw. 31. This promotion is not affiliated with, sponsored by or endorsed by the products or retailers featured in the prizes. 32. Trademarks, logos and names of the products and retailers are the property of the respective owner. General. 33. By entering the Prize Draw you consent to Barclays using your entry by posting it on various social media sites and for other reasonable marketing purposes connected to this prize draw. 34. Owing to exceptional circumstances outside its reasonable control, the Promoter may choose to withdraw or amend the Prize Draw. 35. By submitting an entry, you warrant that all information submitted as part of the entry is true, current and complete. 36. The Promoter reserves the right to verify all entries. 37. These rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes arising in respect of this Prize Draw. 38. The Promoter is Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP



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