Child Membership

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If you are a child aged between 5 and 14 and you would like to find out more about the exciting learning opportunities with the Children’s University, then you have come to the right place.

It is impossible to think of all the questions you might have, so here are a few facts which we think will help you understand more about what’s involved.

The Children's University believes that children can and do learn anywhere, when doing all sorts of activities, and that children learn best when they decide what they want to learn, when and where, and most importantly, have FUN whilst learning.

The Children’s University provides you with the opportunity to take part in exciting and creative learning activities outside of the normal school day and these activities can be before school, during play and lunchtimes, after school, at weekends and during the school holidays.

Celebrating your achievements is very important to us.

Passport to Learning FAQ

What is a Passport to Learning and why do I need one?

Every child taking part in the Children's University is issued with their own Passport to
. It is for you to be able to record all of the Learning Activities at Learning Destinations that you take part in.  The entries will be evidence of the hours of learning you do and will lead to the presentation of CU Certificates at a CU Graduation Ceremony.

Learning doesn't just take place in the classroom. Children learn new things in all sorts of places: at museums, on nature walks, by playing sports and music, and much more besides.

How do I get a Passport to Learning?

Traditionally, children can qualify to obtain a passport if their school is a member of a local CU. This situation is slowly changing, although not all of our local centres are able to offer individual memberships just yet. Children can contact their school or local CU to find more information and see if they qualify. Click here to find your local CU contact details.

Where can I use my Passport to Learning?

If you can study a subject at ‘grown up’ University you will be able to study it at the Children’s University too.

You can use your Passport to Learning at Learning Destinations across the United Kingdom, as you travel from one Learning Activity to another … after all – travel is what a Passport is for!

Some of the hours of learning you collect will be for CU Learning Activities you do at school and some of the hours you collect will be for visits to Public CU Learning Destinations

Most CU Learning Destinations display our Learning Destination sticker or poster.  Remember, you can only use your Passport to Learning at CU Learning Destinations. You can find details of Public Learning Destinations on our website.

How do I collect hours in my Passport to Learning?

You must take your Passport to Learning with you to each CU Learning Activity you attend. The activity leader will fill in your Passport to Learning (with either a stamp or a signature) to show you have taken part. The number of hours required to obtain certificates are issued by each local CU. To find your local CU's contact details click here.

How many hours do I need for a CU Certificate?

If you look inside your Passport to Learning you will see that you can work through lots of CU Award levels.  Starting with your Bronze Award for 30 hours of CU Learning Activities up to a Gold Fellowship Award for 1,000 hours.

Your 30 hours Bronze Award 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 and then 10 hours of something new for your Gold and all other Awards over 100 hours.

What is the back of my Passport to Learning for?

This part of your Passport to Learning is for you to record your ‘Moments to be Proud Of’ – this is where you can show-and-tell what you have enjoyed most on your Children’s University learning journey. 

How long will my Passport to Learning last?

Generally we find that a Passport to Learning will last for 18 monthsWhen your Passport to Learning is full, speak to your school who will be able to arrange for a new one to be issued to you. 

What happens if I lose my Passport to Learning?

If you lose your Passport to Learning please let your school know.