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A journey to independent learning

The Isle of Man Children's University (IOMCU) provides 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. We celebrate achievement and reward participation through our certificates.


The Passport To Learning

The Passport To Learning is a system where 7 to 14 year old children - and 5 and 6 year olds with grown-ups - collect 'stamps' and hours of accredited learning. This contributes to the award of a certificate, encouraging them to access Children's University provision and a wide range of other worthwhile out-of-school-hours learning opportunities.


Learning Destinations & Learning Activities

Learning Destinations are places and organisations to which children can 'travel' with their Passport To Learning. They provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a 'wow' factor and have passed the Children's University's own quality assurance process (Planning for Learning). A Learning Destination can range from a museum to a farm or from an airport to a university as long as the learning activity connects with Children's University learning, which is in turn linked to actual university course provision (as exemplified by UCAS).


What do others say about us?

The children …
"The Children's University makes you want to go to school more. The courses are fun courses ... and you get the credits."

The parents …
"Children's University has been a fantastic experience for all three of our children.

The professionals …
"It is the enthusiasm and delight youngsters get from doing things and learning things they had not thought of before, exploring new areas, new ways of learning."

School Membership

Find out how your school can get involved with the Children’s University and learn about the support you will receive.

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Learning Destinations provide high quality learning activities that children can ‘travel’ to with their Passport to Learning. There are many types of Learning Destinations so discover how one can become involved.

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We receive no core government funding, however by operating as a membership organisation, we have been able to keep administrative costs low and retain a strong community ethos.

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