TODDLERS are tackling technology earlier than ever, thanks to an innovative child-proof computer kit.
Little learners at The Jubilee Centre, in Farringdon, can now have fun experimenting with computers while brushing up on their spelling, speaking and maths skills.
The KidSmart kit, which was donated by computer giant IBM, aims to give youngsters a head start with IT in a fun and educational way.
They are some of the first toddlers in the country to be given the equipment after Sunderland City Council secured 14 units to be used in early years educational venues and community hubs across the city.
Jemma Amer, centre manager, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to use this equipment and it’s fantastic that Sunderland is one of the first local authorities to receive the KidSmart units.
“The kit is a great way to introduce toddlers to the computers they see their parents and other people using all the time.
“It comes with special, interactive software, which has fun characters that help them learn to say different words, spell and do maths.
“It’s also set up so it is fun, robust and can’t be broken. It’s very child friendly and is a great way for children to get used to using computers.”
The computer comes complete with a colourful plastic unit to protect the computer and attract youngsters.
And already, it has proved a hit with youngsters attending the centre.
Jemma said: “The computer also comes in handy when we have parents who attend the centre but don’t have any childcare and have to bring their little ones with them.
“This equipment can be moved to different rooms so they can be entertained while their parents are getting on with other bits and pieces.”
The equipment was given to the centre after a recommendation from Sunderland City Council’s IT team, which works closely with the centre.
Jemma added: “We’re really grateful to the council for the equipment, which will compliment our existing ICT and digital inclusion activities.”