Information for Parents

What is the Children’s University™?

The Children’s University (CU) is an international charity that provides 7 to 18 year olds (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) with access to exciting and innovative CU Learning Activities and experiences outside of the normal school day.

 We celebrate achievement and reward participation through the award of Children’s University certificates. Raising children’s aspirations is important to us and we aim to develop the understanding that learning can be the ‘satellite navigation system to better places in life’.

Any child, aged 5 to 18 years, can join us and when issued with a CU ‘Passport to Learning’, is able to take part in CU validated learning activities and experiences.

Each hour of CU validated learning they complete brings the child closer to a Children’s University graduation certificate, presented at a locally organised CU graduation ceremony. Celebrating achievement is important to us.

What is a CU Learning Destination and what kind of activities are CU Learning Activities?

CU Learning Destinations are places and organisations that provide high quality CU Learning Activities. CU Learning Activities are activities that have been quality approved by the Children’s University. We validate any activity that will enable children or young people to develop skills or knowledge, as long as they relate to a subject that can be studied further in Higher Education.


Where can a child use the Passport to Learning?

CU ‘Passports to Learning’ enable children to travel to the CU Learning Destinations, both locally and (inter)nationally, collecting stamps as they go: after all, travel is what a passport is for!

Introducing CU Online

Children start collecting stamp codes in their ‘Passport to Learning’ that they can then add online. By adding their codes to Children's University Online they unlock further information, showing them the interests and skills they are developing through participation. All children will have their very own dashboard which helps them see how they are progressing towards the next award level; they reflect on the skills they are building which helps them select new activities. There are also online-only exclusive badges that can be collected between graduations.

Every child is issued with a username and password. Support is offered to families to get them started.

Here is an information sheet 


What are the benefits to my child?

Through participation in fun, high quality learning experiences, we aim to grow inquisitive, confident, independent children and learners. It is about enjoyment, and a sense of achievement for all. Membership to the Children’s University provides each child with access to a great range of quality-assured learning provision, including:

  • activities at school based Learning Destinations (also known as Restricted Learning Destinations)
  • Children’s University lectures, CU seminars and CU workshops, including those offered by the BBC and Sky
  • activities at tourist attractions such as museums
  • formal sports coaching activities
  • clubs and societies which might include,
  • music and drama
  • Scouting and Guiding groups

More information about Public Learning Destinations which provide memorable, fun and good quality learning can be found at



In School Graduiation November 2019


Graduation December  2018

Graduation  December 2016


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What parents say about our graduations:

"Thank you for a lovely evening, it was so well organised and a really special occasion.  Charlie wasn't sure what to expect, never having been to one of the graduation ceremonies before, but it's inspired her to work towards her next award. "


"The Graduation Ceremony last week was very well organised and Harmony looked so sweet in her little blue outfit!! At some point, I started to imagine her becoming an accomplished writer… as she keeps saying “I want to be an author” and spends most of her time writing her next story. I certainly adore her imagination. "


"Can I say before I start that the graduation ceremony on Thursday night was absolutely inspirational! It was touching to see the pride of both the young people, and their parents in attaining their awards! It is a fantastic way to get young people to broaden their horizons, develop new skills and give confidence to the next generation."






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