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.
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
School cluster groups
Virtual schools, Academies
Community Interest Companies
Charitable Trusts 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.