“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in”
Graham Greene

The Children’s University (CU) aims to promote social mobility by providing access to high quality out-of-school hours Learning Activities to children aged 7 to 14, engaging the wider communities as Learning Destination partners in this process.

At the heart of our work is our ambition to raise aspiration, boost achievement and foster a love of learning.

An important principle of the Children’s University is that participation is voluntary and it is intentionally something other than school – with a different feel, different activities and often taking part in a different location.

Alongside our work with 7 to 14 year olds we have extended our reach to 5 and 6 year olds where involvement requires a degree of demonstrable active engagement by parents, carers and the wider family: the concept of volunteering to this younger age group is clearly very different to that of the older children and a greater degree of grown up guidance and support will be needed.

The ultimate testament to the effectiveness of the Children’s University is that, with an expanding Child Membership, we know that children are motivated to give up their time to attend and with the comments and recommendations of parents, teachers, learning providers and the children themselves, we know they are engaged and inspired too.

How does it work

We have created our website with a range of audiences in mind. So …

  • If you are interested in Child Membership and would like to find out more about how you can learn with us click here
  • If you are a parent/carer looking for ways in which you can support your child to learn in a creative and innovative way click here
  • If you are an organisation that provides good quality learning opportunities and are interested in working with us then please click here

In the first instance, the best point of contact is usually always your local Children’s University Manager and if you click here you will find details of your nearest Children’s University centre.

If you are in an area where there is no existing Children’s University provision, then please contact us directly.