About York CU

The Children's University

The Children's University is a national scheme which seeks to inspire children aged 5-14, with the aspiration of taking them to new places through extra-curricular and out-of-school activities. Locally, York Children's University (York CU) is led and managed by York Cares and brings together schools, businesses, universities, museums, libraries, sports and music clubs, outdoor activities and more to offer children opportunities to link real life with learning.

The Passport Scheme

The Children's University Passport To Learning enables children to gain recognition for extra-curricular and out-of-school learning at and log these in their CU Passport. Once a year a graduation style ceremony will be held at The University of York and will celebrate children who have reached their first award for at least 30 hours of CU learning in their passport. Returning graduates will be invited to an annual Summer Festival to recognise their continued engagement with the scheme.


Research by the University of Cambridge indicates that keeping a record and celebrating participation in learning experiences through the Children's University has a positive impact upon success at school.

The Passport scheme is designed to inspire, engage, challenge and excite children and reward out-of-school learning whilst complementing in-school activities.