About Us

What is Children's University



 The New Forest Children's University provides all children aged 5-14 years with the opportunity to take part in exciting and creative learning activities outside of the normal school day.  The activities can be before school, during play and lunchtimes, after school, at weekends and during the school holidays.  Here in The New Forest we are being supported by The Hive, a charity, who have successfully been delivering Children's University in Croydon.

How It Works


 Children have a Passport to Learning and every time they attend a New Forest Children's University activity, they earn Learning Credits.  1 hour of learning = 1 Learning Credit.

When they achieve 30, 65, 100, 130, 165, 200+ Learning Credits, they are invited to a Graduation Ceremony at The University of Winchester to  receive certificates in front of their friends and family 

How to Get Involved



Many schools have signed up to be a member of The New Forest Children’s University and children can buy their Passport to Learning through them. However we are fully inclusive and have a Family Membership scheme for families who would like to participate in this scheme but their children are not attending a school in membership or they are Home Educators.


School Membership


A subscription to The Children’s University in The New Forest can provide the catalyst you need to:

STIMULATE pupils and students to engage in activities outside school-hours including those generated by the school and others in the wider community

ENGAGE with a nationally recognised award scheme

TRACK individual and specific cohorts’ participation to support an analysis of the correlation between personal development and academic focus

FOSTER an enthusiasm for volunteering and holding positions of responsibility in school

Through The Children’s University, pupils aged 5 to 14 are encouraged to engage in a wide range of out-of-hours activities which develop their awareness of creative, active, academic and cultural spheres, as well as service to others. They acquire the habit of using their leisure time productively. They develop better social skills. They grow as individuals, with improved self-discipline and focus.

Email us today to find out our selection of membership packages and we will find one to suit your size of school. 

e: newforestcu@gmail.com.

Family Membership/ Home Educators


Our family membership package is suitable for children who live in New Forest or Southampton and would like to enjoy all the advantages of Children’s University Learning but are either Home Schooled or they attend a school who do not subscribe.

This is an annual membership which can be paid for quarterly or yearly.  The membership includes:

  • Passport to Learning - to log hours of participation at Learning Destinations across the country
  • Fun learning activities at a range of national visitor attractions
  • Early-Bird book to children's lectures and workshops
  • Monthly eNewsletters offering information about new Learning Destinations, discounts, achievements and opportunities
  • Certificates at national milestones
  • Gowned Graduation Ceremonies at The University of Winchester 

Quarterly Membership

Annual Membership



What do our  parents and children say?  


I love Children's university, the graduation is a memorable event, I felt proud of what my daughter had achieved.  We thoroughly enjoyed Testwood lake events, it has encouraged us to try new activities as a family.  

The graduation was great fun, my son loved getting dressed up in the gown and meeting Aaron Phipps.



 Chloe - The best bit about Children's university is going to the library and borrowing books, I've got a medal from the reading challenge   

 Kareena - I liked dressing up at graduation and throwing my hat up.  I like the home learning, I got 2 hours for my story sack about the three little bears and goldilocks, I made them out of paper      


Riley P- I feel good about Children's university, we celebrated the hard work that we [have] done, we wore a costume.  I like dodgeball with Charlie the best.


Activities Coming up for the holidays


When Holiday times are getting close we will let you know about special  events that you can visit, remember to look at out Facebook and Twitter accounts regularly

Children's University FAQs


 As a parent/carer of a CU Learner you are likely to have questions about your child’s involvement. To help you support your child to get the most from their involvement, we have compiled our most frequently asked questions.  

 frequently asked questions asked by parents,

Newsletters and Seasonal Challenges

We will send out our latest Newsletters to everyone on our mailing list and you can also download them here too

View our Summer Challenge 2019 here

NFCU Summer News 2019 (pdf)


New Forest summer challenge 2019 (pdf)


Summer 2019 Activity Folder Sheets (pdf)


New Forest CU May Half term Mini Challenge (pdf)


New Forest CU Spring Challenge April 2019.pub (pdf)


CU Trust easter-challenge-2019 (pdf)


New Forest CU February half term challenge 2019 (pdf)


NF CU December Challenge 2018 (pdf)


Kindness Challenge 2018 NF (pdf)


New Forest CU October News half term 2018 (pdf)


October Half term Challenge (pdf)


July Newsletter NF (pdf)


NF summer Challenge 2018 (pdf)


May half term National CU Challenge (pdf)


May Newsletter 2018 (pdf)



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