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Children's University

What is the Children's University?


The Children’s University is an international charity devoted to helping children discover the fascinating world around them, and appreciate the real-world relevance of their school subjects. 


Through the Passport to Learning scheme, it encourages 5–14 year olds to take part in all kinds of activities outside of school, so that they can develop new interests, learn new skills and enjoy new experiences.


The programme helps build:

  • Ambition, self esteem and confidence.
  • Curiosity and a love of learning.
  • Motivation and resilience.
  • Family learning.
  • Enhanced life experiences.


Bristol and South Gloucestershire Children’s University


Bristol and South Gloucestershire Children’s University is funded by UWE Bristol. 


They work with local communities to encourage all children - but particularly those who stand to benefit from it most - to take part in a variety of Learning Activities, delivered by their Learning Destination partners. Their ambition is to raise aspiration, boost achievement and foster a lifelong love of learning.


Taking part is voluntary, with a very different feel from school, involving different activities and locations.

The school and child membership is growing - children, supported by their families, are happy to give up their free time to embrace new experiences. From the comments and recommendations of parents, teachers, learning providers, and the children themselves, they know they are engaged and inspired.



With their Passport to Learning and electronic passport, children can collect stamps and credits for the hours they spend doing a whole range of exciting out-of-school activities.


This includes all Children’s University specific activities, as well as approved enrichment activities at school or recognised organisations such as Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.


They can also collect stamps for taking part in activities at  local libraries, museums, sports centres, country parks and much more.


Even when families are away on holiday, there are lots of fun actitives at Learning Destinations across the country and abroad. Keep a look out for the logo, and don’t forget to take your Passport to Learning with you.


Look for the Children's University Logo everywhere you go!


Find out all about Bristol Children's University here.