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Essex children's university

Celebrating and rewarding achievements in learning

We are proud to be a Validated Learning Destination for Essex Children's University. By taking part in Children's University, we can celebrate and reward achievements in learning.

Essex Children's University is one of a growing number of children's universities around the country, each working to provide children aged 7-14 years (and 5-6 year olds with their families) with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of the normal school day.

Issued with a Passport to Learning, children can travel around Essex, Suffolk and the UK with their Passport to Learning, collecting stamps in recognition of their learning as they go, after all travel is what a Passport is for!

If you are interested in getting involved with Essex Children’s University, please email

Children's university activities

There are lots of activities that you can do, from art and drama in our gallery and theatre, to junior lectures where you can study just like a university student. We also have fun days around Essex that you can come and take part in with your family. Any validated activities you do will earn you extra hours in your passport. We also host the graduation ceremonies for the Essex Children's University's Colchester and Tendring campuses.

This video showcases one of our Children's University events, which took place at Firstsite in Colchester.

If any of your staff or students would like to access our Faith Centre while on campus, please let the event organiser know.

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Katie Caplehorn Hare