With initial funding from the National Children’s University and the support of Staffordshire University, the Children’s University in Stoke was established in March 2009.
The underlying principle of the Children's University is to ensure that children, between the ages of 7 – 14 years, can choose to take part in ‘quality’ out of school hours learning. Providers of out of school hours learning can undergo Children’s University ‘validation’ which guarantees the quality of the activities they make available. Providers may be located in schools or elsewhere within the community. For example, the National Children’s University are closely affiliated to the Royal Shakespeare Company and Playing for Success.
The Children’s University Stoke acts as a broker, validating activities which build up towards certificates at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
- Bronze – 30 activities
- Silver – 65 activities
- Gold – 100 activities
Activities may be programmes of learning based in schools or events hosted in the community. When the children have gained sufficient activities to reach a certificate level they are invited, with family members, to take part in a graduation ceremony at Staffordshire University.
Providers of out of school activities can take the opportunity to enhance their professional development, at a variety of levels, working in partnership with both the Children’s University and Staffordshire University.
The following local destinations and activities have been validated by The Children's University.