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Children's University

North Somerset Children's University



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


Any child, aged 5 to 14 years can join us and, when issued with a Children's University passport to learning, is able to take part in Children's University validated learning activities and experiences.


Celebrating achievement is important to us. Each hour of Children's University validated learning they complete brings the child closer to Children's University graduation certificate, presented at a locally organised Children's University gradutaion ceremony.


Children's University Learning Destinations


Children’s University learning destinations are places and organisations that provide high quality learning activities that are approved by and validated by the Children’s University.


Children’s University passport to learning enable children to travel to a range of Children’s University learning destinations, both locally, nationally and internationally, collecting stamps as they go.


What are the benefits to my child?


Through participation in fun, high quality learning experiences, we aim to grow inquisitive, confident, independent children and learners. It’s about enjoyment, and a sense of achievement for all. Membership to the children’s University provides each child with access to a great range of quality assured learning provision, including


  • Activities at school based learning destinations.
  • Children’s University Lectures, Seminars and Workshops, including those offered by the BBC and Sky.
  • Activities at tourist attractions such a museums.
  • Formal sports coaching activities.
  • Clubs and societies which might include music and drama.
  • Scouting and Guiding Groups.


More information about public learning destinations that provide memorable, fun and good quality learning can be found at the Children’s University website.


Is there a Children’s University Membership cost?


Yes – the cost of a Children’s University Membership for each child is £5 for which each child receives:


  • A Children’s University passport to learning
  • Access to an E-Passport (an online version of the passport)
  • Access to Children’s University activities provided by quality assured learning destinations.
  • Participation in a Children’s University graduation ceremony where they will receive a Children’s University certificate, dressed traditionally in a graduation cap and gown, with an invitation to parents/carers to attend.


Membership is renewed each time a new passport to learning is required. On average we find this is once every eighteen months.


Pupil premium children at Mead Vale will have a Children’s University passport to learning provided for them.


Where can I find out more?

The West of England’s Children’s University is funded and delivered by UWE Bristol. Visit our websitefor full details and information about your local Children’s University and to register your interest in membership for your child/children.


Our school friends:


Children’s University North Somerset is proud to be working with the children, families and staff of:


  • Ashcombe Primary School
  • Christ Church Primary School
  • Hutton C of E Primary School
  • Mead Vale Community Primary School
  • Milton Park Primary School
  • Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary School
  • Worlebury Saint Paul's Church of England V.A. Primary School


To celebrate the out-of-school learning the pupils take part in!


Our partner organisations:


Children’s University North Somerset would like to thank the fantastic support of our validated Learning Destinations, including:


  • The Curzon Cinema
  • Puxton Park
  • The Helicopter Museum
  • Mendip Outdoor Pursuits
  • Weston Library
  • Matt Fiddes Martial Arts
  • Sports to Schools
  • 1st Ashcombe Scouts, Cubs and Beavers


If you'd like to get involved or would like more information, please contact via email or by visiting the national website here.