ComputerXplorers is a new concept in computer-assisted learning for children, aged three to 13. ComputerXplorers South East Scotland is the latest addition to a fast growing network, now with 13 franchises across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
The company runs classes in subjects such as Crime Scene Investigation, rocketeering and robotics which combine computer skills with the fun factor. They help children to master technological skills at an early age.
Lynne, who is based in Musselburgh, East Lothian decided to take the plunge after ten years in IT service management, most recently with BSkyB.
With two daughters at home, aged three and 11 months, she wanted a business which offered a professional challenge, as well as a work-life balance.
“I have worked at the cutting edge of technical innovation for years, so I decided to look at franchises that made the best use of my skills. I always wanted to work with children so when I discovered ComputerXplorers I was delighted to have an opportunity to combine the two!
“Although starting a new business in a recession is risky, I feel that the quality of the service offered by ComputerXplorers and the fact that it benefits children’s education make it a good investment.” said Lynne.
“ComputerXplorers introduces children to technology in a fun and innovative way, builds their confidence, and develops all-important life skills.
“I’d not come across anything like it in Scotland and I’m very excited about bringing these classes to my local area.”
She is evangelistic about the way technology education is evolving.
“Computer technology is constantly developing and each change brings another wow factor,” she said.
“Kids love all that. And ComputerXplorers is about tapping into their enthusiasm. Whilst their parents and grandparents are still struggling with the TV remote control, they are fearless.
“Things have come a long way. When I was a student – not that long ago – the internet was in its infancy, so when I went to Thailand in my gap year, I had to rely on pen and paper to communicate with my family. That meant no one heard from me for six weeks. Now all it takes is a text message.”
Her decision to take on a franchise fulfilled two functions. “I’ve got the flexibility of being my own boss, as well as the support of a well-respected franchisor with a proven business model,” she said.
She has no fears about the recession and her husband Alan, a building surveyor, is backing her to the hilt. “What’s the point of waiting until the recession is over? It’s the right time for me to take the plunge and ComputerXplorers is a brilliant product,” said Lynne, who is working from her home in Musselburgh.
Lynne can run ComputerXplorers lessons in nurseries, schools, pre-school settings, after-school clubs and holiday sessions. They increase children’s e-confidence and competence, and give them a great head start in education. ComputerXplorers provides all the equipment, including the computers.