5 - 11 year olds

Come on a Learning Destination Adventure!

  • Do you take part in activities after school, at weekends or holidays?
  • Do you like having fun and trying new things?
  • Would you like to own a CU Passport to Learning and collect stamps?
  • Is your School registered with Children’s University?

If the answer is YES to these questions, then read on... 


Join Children’s University and you will receive your own CU Passport To Learning.

Collect stamps/hours for taking part in ‘out of school hours’ activities at your school e.g. clubs. Also away from school in places like: -

Museums, Castles, Country parks, Sports Centres, Libraries or Adventure parks

And many more …

You can collect stamps/hours before school, after school, in lunch times, at weekends or during your school holidays, however, the activities MUST be part of Children’s University.

 

Look for this sign on the right to see if the activity provider is part of Children’s University:

 

These activity providers and venues are what we call Learning Destinations.

Look for all the Learning Destinations and their activities on the national Children’s University™ website: www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/maps/.

If you go on holiday, don’t forget to take your Passport to Learning with you!

Learning Destinations will be advertised to you by your school newsletters and school website.

 

Click here to see the Learning Destinations >

How it works

  • Collect the stamps/hours and you will be awarded with the official CU Certificates at school
  • Keep collecting hours and you will be invited to your local University
  • Come to the Graduation Ceremony together with your family
  • Receive your Certificate and be proud of your achievements
  • Just like going to a 'Grown up' University!

You will learn lots of exciting and fun things on your journey with Children’s University and maybe you will find a new hobby, meet new friends or find out what you would like to do when you are older!

 

Here are some questions and answers you may have ...

How many hours do I need for a CU Certificate?

The first Bronze Award is for 30 hours, up to the Gold Fellowship Award for 1,000 hours!

The Bronze Award (30 hours) can be awarded for one or more activities but after that you should have at least 5 hours of learning something new for the Silver level (65 hours) and then 10 hours of something new for your Gold (100 hours) and all other Awards over 100 hours.

If you take part in an activity every week over a long time then you can collect up to 30 hours in any one year, or 10 hours per school term.

If you are aged 5 or 6 then we would like you to spend at least 5 hours taking part in activities together with your family for each Certificate level.

These are the special ‘hologram’ Certificates to collect:

How do I collect hours in my Passport to Learning?

Take your Passport with you to each Learning Activity you attend. The activity leader will stamp your Passport to show you have taken part. Keep your Passport safe and take it back to school on a regular basis.

If you forget to take your Passport with you, ask the Activity provider for a 'Children’s University Voucher', which they will stamp to show that you have taken part in the activity.

How much does it cost to join?

It costs £3 to join Children’s University (with your school).  As a member of Children’s University you will receive:

  • Your own Passport to Learning
  • Names of exciting activities and Learning Destinations
  • The official Children's University Certificates
  • When you collect enough hours, you will receive an Invitation to a Children's University Graduation Ceremony where you will be presented with a Children's University Certificate, dressed traditionally in a graduation cap and gown, and an invitation for your parents/carers to attend with you

If you take part in an activity that isn't part of Children's University and you think it should be, please give the details to your teacher or contact us.

If you have a story to tell us about your journey with Children’s University, we would like to hear from you.

We now have a Scrapbook area on the website for you to upload your favourite project, picture or a story! Find it here!

We look forward to meeting you at a future Children’s University Graduation Ceremony!

11 - 14 Year Olds

Be part of this exciting initiative to try new experiences; develop new interests; discover unknown talents, acquire new skills and hone existing ones!

  • Do you take part in activities after school, at weekends or holidays?
  • Would you like to collect stamps in a Passport to Learning to demonstrate the time you attend activities?
  • Is your School/Academy registered with Children’s University?
  • Do you like to try new things and have fun?

If the answer is YES to these questions, then read on... 


Join Children’s University and you will receive a CU Passport To Learning in which you can collect stamps for hours of attendance.

Collect stamps/hours for taking part in ‘out of school hours’ activities at your school or away from school e.g. clubs. These activities can be on offer at your library, if you visit a museum, at sports centres, attend activities in woods or country parks and many more.

If you go on holiday, don’t forget to take your Passport to Learning with you!

You can collect stamps/hours after school, at weekends or during your school holidays, however, the activities must be part of Children’s University.

 

Look for this sign on the right to see if the activity provider is part of Children’s University:

These activity providers/venues are called Learning Destinations and the activities they are running are listed on the national Children’s University™ website: www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/maps/.

New Learning Destinations will also be advertised through school newsletters and the school website.

 

Click here to see the Learning Destinations >

 

Collect the hours required and you will receive the official CU Certificates at school. Keep collecting more hours and you will be invited to the local University. You will be presented with the higher level CU Certificates at a CU Graduation Ceremony where you can show off your achievements to your friends and family.

Enjoy your journey with Children’s University and maybe it will lead you to finding a new hobby, meeting new friends or even a future career path!

Here are some questions and answers...

How many hours do I need for a CU Certificate?

The first Bronze Award is for 30 hours of CU Activities, up to the Gold Fellowship Award for 1,000 hours!

The Bronze Award (30 hours) can be awarded for one or more activities but after that you should have at least 5 hours of learning something new for the Silver level (65 hours) and then 10 hours of something new for your Gold (100 hours) and all other Awards over 100 hours.

If you take part in an activity every week on a regular basis, then you can collect up to 30 hours in any one year, or 10 hours per school term.

These are the special ‘hologram’ CU Certificates to collect:

How do I collect hours in my CU Passport to Learning?

Take your Passport To Learning with you to each CU Learning Activity you attend. The activity leader will fill in your Passport To Learning to show you have taken part. Keep your Passport to Learning safe.

If you forget to take your Passport to Learning with you, ask the Activity provider for a CU Voucher, which they will stamp to show that you have taken part in the activity.

How much does it cost to join?

It costs £3 to join Children’s University. As a member you will receive:

  • A CU Passport to Learning
  • Access to CU Learning Activities provided by CU quality assured Learning Destinations
  • Participation in an official Graduation Ceremony at your local University where you will be presented with a Children's University Certificate, dressed traditionally in a graduation cap and gown, with an invitation for your parents/carers to attend
  • The official Children's University Certificates

Please contact us to recommend activity providers/venues who you consider could be a CU Learning Destination.

We would also like to hear from you if you have a story to tell us about your journey with Children’s University.

We now have a Scrapbook area on the website for you to upload your favourite project, picture or a story! Find it here!

We look forward to meeting you at a future Children’s University Graduation Ceremony!

15+ Year Olds

Volunteer with us!

Who can get involved? Anyone from 15-115!

CU Volunteering is quite simply the gift of time to the Children's University to make a difference to the learning experience of children - either directly with the children or indirectly in a supporting role.

We know that, when they reach 15 (the upper age of CU participation), many of our older CU learners would like to further develop their skills with us. This often comes as their thoughts turn to their plans for when they are 16 or older, whether they be college applications with longer term aims for university, apprenticeships or entry to the workplace.

 

Volunteering for the Children's University is a win winship- YOU DECIDE what's in it for you:

Getting involved in the local community - discovering your talents - career development - a better CV - but always making a difference.

What's in it for us?

Engaging more widely in the community - improving the learning activities we offer - providing more role modeals for children and more memorable experiences - making our local universities more sustainable.

Who can get involved?

Anyone from 15-115! Don't just take our word for it:

"The cookery project was an amazing experience... I cannot believe how much I've learned while having fun! I would recommend this experience to anyone" - Mum & Chesterfield Volunteer

"I can't believe how many new skills I've learned and I'm proud of what we've achieved" - Manchester secondary pupil and CU Volunteer

"Hopefully we have inspired some of the children to be chefs in the future" - Business and York CU Volunteer

How does it work?

As a rule of thumb, Children’s University learning can be “connected” to Higher Education provision – in other words if grown ups can get a degree in it, then the Children’s University wants to inspire children through it – the start of a lifelong journey to independent learning.

A national ‘Passport to Learning’ has been created, in which 7-14 year olds – and 5-7 year olds with grown ups – collect “stamps” for hours of accredited learning.

Children’s University volunteers-to-be are recruited and trained locally to the international Children’s University framework called ‘Planning for Volunteering’.

CU Volunteers receive a certificate to acknowledge the training they have received

Volunteers then collect evidence of the time they have given and their achievements in the 'Passport to Volunteering', which can in turn be used as evidence towards our own Children's University certificates and other awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, the new High Education Achievement Record.

Where and when does it happen?

You could most probably start in supporting existing programmes and projects and as you gain confidence, branch out into newly developed activities.

You decide how much time you could give:

  • To support a trip or visit just once
  • To support a regular after school activity
  • To be part of a team running a summer project
  • To help find new learning opportunities
  • To offer your skills and expertise to help the management of your local CU

 

Rhenu Bhagotra – Student from Newman University told us: 

"Trying to organise the CU activities allowed us to use our professional judgement and put into practice the knowledge we have gained whilst being at University."

 

Click here to Contact Us and find out more >

Coventry Children's University Patrons

David Busst, Director of Sky Blues in the Community, a former professional English footballer with a story to tell children about perseverance.

  

Cathy Cassidy, a children's Author

"My name is Cathy Cassidy and I write books for children and teens. I was born and grew up in Coventry, and I have loved daydreaming and inventing stories ever since I can remember. Writing those stories down was the next step. I have been lucky enough to have lived a very interesting life - there's an old saying that states that as long as you do what you love in life, it will never feel like 'work'. I think that's true! I'm thrilled to be a patron of the Children's University for the Coventry area and hope it will help to promote imagination, creativity and opportunity!http://www.cathycassidy.com/me