Children’s University Australia is an international partner of Children’s University Trust (UK) and managed by the University of Adelaide, South Australia.
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 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 in which the hours of each validated activity are recorded. Once they have reached the required number of hours, children then graduate from the Children’s University. Certificates are presented at graduation ceremonies complete with Uni gowns.
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.
LEARNING DESTINATIONS ARE PLACES AND ORGANISATIONS TO WHICH CHILDREN CAN ‘TRAVEL’ WITH THEIR PASSPORT TO LEARNING.
Learning Destinations provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a ‘wow’ factor and have passed the Children’s University own quality assurance process, Planning for Learning. A Learning Destination can range from a museum to a farm to an airport to a corporate business or anything in between, as long as the activity connects with Children’s University learning and has realistic links to a university program.
Learning Destinations can enrich communities and build valuable networks that help support children and their families in their educational journey.
Click on each Learning Destination below for a Play & Go Review to find out more, and see what they have to offer:
EVENTS & ORGANISATIONS
Adelaide Fringe Festival – during The Fringe we publish many stories about shows, events and our own reviews.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – we regularly post about their concerts.
City of Adelaide
- Adelaide Central Market
- Adelaide Festival Centre
- Adelaide Gaol
- Adelaide Oval
- Adelaide Writers Festival
- Adelaide Zoo & Adelaide Zoo Natures Playground
- Botanic Gardens of South Australia & Adelaide Botanic Gardens First Creek Wetland
- Migration Museum
City of Burnside
- City of Burnside Library
City of Campbelltown
- Campbelltown Public Library
- Scoffed Cooking School
City of Holdfast Bay
- Brighton Football Club
- Southern Districts Little Athletics
City of Marion
- Glengowrie YMCA
- City of Marion Libraries
- SA Aquatic Centre Marion Aqua Splash
City of Playford
City of Port Adelaide Enfield
City of Onkaparinga
- City of Onkaparinga Libraries
City of Mitcham
- Mitcham Library Service
City of Unley
- City of Unley Library
- State Swim School Unley
City of Salisbury
City of Tea Tree Gully
- Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum
Charles Sturt Council
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Children’s University website.
What: Children’s University – Adelaide Educational Experiences for Children
When: All Year
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
Who: 7-14 year olds
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