Children's University

The Children’s University encourages children aged 5 to 14 years to get new interests and skills by joining learning activities outside of school.

The Children’s University is a national scheme to improve standards of education.

How it works

All Bristol libraries host Children’s University activities. Contact your local library to find out more.

If you’re a child or young person, you can get a Passport to Learning and get a sticker or stamp for your passport for each of these activities:

  • workshops that happen in the library
  • children or teenage reading groups
  • online reader development, for example using library computers for reading, taking part in online book clubs, reading book blogs and author websites
  • author talks
  • creative writing, writing blogs and book reviews for websites such as the Summer Reading Challenge
  • joining performances in the library, such as children’s theatre or dance performances
  • choosing books from the library
  • ICT skill sessions

A one hour visit to a Bristol library also counts as an activity. Just tell a librarian when you arrive that you’re in the Children’s University. At the end of your visit, one of our librarians will stamp your Children’s University passport.

For more information and to join a learning activity in one of our libraries, contact the Children’s Team on 0117 3534297 or childrenslibrary.team@bristol.gov.uk