The Children’s University is an International critically-acclaimed charity which encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative Learning Activities outside of the school day. Learning Activities are designed to:

  • raise aspiration, self-esteem & confidence
  • encourage curiosity and a love of learning
  • enhance motivation and build resilience
  • introduce new life experiences
  • offer progression in learning and personal skills development

With a network of 90 National CU centres and a growing International network in South Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, together with plans to extend our work to China and Tasmania, we are working within local communities to encourage all children, but particularly those who need it most, to participate, voluntarily, in a variety of Learning Activities, delivered by our Learning Destination partners

Local Children’s University centres

The design of our local CU centre network is unique and becoming increasingly diverse. Each local Children’s University is distinctive in character, responding to the needs of the local community within the quality assurance framework of the CU Trust.

With the CU Trust office based in Manchester, we work collaboratively with a range of existing local structures and partnerships across the United Kingdom, partnerships which include:

  • Higher and Further Education providers
  • Individual schools
  • School cluster groups
  • Virtual schools
  • Academies
  • Free Schools
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Social Enterprises
  • Charitable Trusts