What is the Children’s University?
The Children’s University is an organisation which signposts your child to exciting learning activities which take place outside the normal school day – it could be before school, during lunchtime, after school, during weekends or holidays etc. The activities are all voluntary, it is up to you and your child to choose what they do and when, and the learning always has a link to something they could go on to do at a ‘grown up’ university.
What is a Children’s University Passport to Learning?
A Children’s University Passport is a learning passport with your child’s name and unique registration number, valid for 3 years, which you and your child will look after. It is expected that children make sure teachers sign the passport when they attend an after school club for each session. The funding of the passport will be met by the school. When your child visits a learning destination outside of school, please make sure the learning provider stamps the passport as we cannot validate this ourselves.
Where can the passports be used?
For starters, lots of after school clubs and holiday activities. Some of the activity clubs in your local area may also be Learning Destinations and there are a growing number of places such as clubs, museums and activity days which are also part of Children’s University learning. You can search for local Learning Destinations by looking at the updated list below or visiting the Devon and Cornwall’s Children’s University website childrensuniversity.co.uk or by looking on Facebook. If there is somewhere that you go to and you would like to recommend it as a good place to learn, you can do so by telling your school co-ordinator (Mr Ellis) or the Children’s University Manager via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I know when I have collected enough hours for a certificate?
Once you have collected enough points for a certificate (see below) please bring your passport into school to give it to Mr Ellis and we will tell you when the next set of certificates will be handed out. Once you have collected 100 hours (or more) of learning in your passport, you will be invited to a special graduation day at the University of Plymouth. This is a special way of saying well done to your child for their learning. There are three groups: Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctorate, with four levels in each. The first level is called the Award level:
30 hours = Bronze Award certificate
65 hours = Silver Award certificate
100 hours = Gold Award certificate