Children's University

Welcome to the exciting world of Children’s University Australia learning.

Welcome to the exciting world of Children’s University Australia learning.

Children’s University Newcastle is affiliated with the University of Newcastle and the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education.

The Children’s University concept is relatively simple: it offers superior educational experiences for children aged between 7 and 14 years and volunteering opportunities for 15-18 year olds outside of school and recognises their achievements through the award of formal certificates and graduations. The model leverages local educational and learning activity providers (including sports clubs, museums, galleries, school clubs) and has a strong emphasis on experience as a significant learning tool, acknowledging the value of the range of different learning experiences and environments in which children engage. All learning activities must have a link in some way to a university course eg. Football club = sports engineering, physiotherapy, management, teaching, sciences etc.

Each child is issued with a Passport to Learning from their school in which the hours of validated activity are recorded. Once they have reached the required number of hours children will graduate from the Children’s University. Certificates are presented at graduation ceremonies held once a year at a University of Newcastle’s Great Hall. Children’s University is child led, meaning that children choose what activities they would like to participate in, and participation occurs on a voluntary basis.

Children’s University is child led, meaning that children choose what activities they would like to participate in, and participation occurs on a voluntary basis. “You can learn anywhere.. not just in a classroom and you can learn from all sorts of people in all sorts of situations,” The Honourable Lea Stevens, Northern Connections.

Our team are interested in speaking with potential Public Learning Destination providers, students and schools.

For more information or to get involved, please fill in the register form above and we’ll be in touch