About us

Welcome to South Hertfordshire Children's University. We're part of a national network dedicated to finding exciting ways for young people to learn and have fun outside school.

It's all about spending spare time well. It's not competitive - children don't win or lose - and they can take part on their own or as part of a group.

Children between the ages of five and 14 collect stamps in their "Passport to Learning" for taking part in activities which count towards national awards presented at our Graduation Ceremonies.  

South Hertfordshire Children's University is run by West Herts College and Oaklands College – and right now we're busy signing up a fantastic mix of places to take part from after-school clubs to museums and theatres, sports clubs and local places of interest.

So if you're a parent and want to get your child involved, or you’re a school, club or a local place of interest – why don't you get in touch and join us?

How does it work?

Children earn stamps in their learning passports for taking part in accredited activities at any participating group or venue. This activity could be anything from simply visiting a museum on a day trip with family and friends or going swimming after school to taking part in something more formal like a performance or cultural activity.

Credit is earned for the time children spend involved in activities. They are then invited to collect a national award at a local Graduation Ceremony - with achievement measured according to levels of participation:

•    Bronze: 30 hours
•    Silver 65 hours
•    Gold 100 hours

•    These are just the first three - children can collect an award for up to 1000 hours, plus, honorary certificates for outstanding achievement and commitment

Want to find out more?

We're here and would love to hear from you, whether you're a:

•    School and want to take part in the Children's University

•    Club, society or place of interest and want to become a learning destination

•    Parent or carer and want your child's school to take part

Or if you need any further information about the Children's University.

Contact:

Sue Hill West Herts College sue.hill@westherts.ac.uk 01923 812 216
George Giles Oaklands College george.giles@oaklands.ac.uk 01727 737 036