Nurturing successful, independent learners lies at the heart of CUA. For children to develop resilience, optimism and confidence, the opportunity for self-directed learning beyond the classroom is key.

CUA fosters wellbeing by promoting ‘free-range learning,' encouraging children to try out new activities, discover new passions, visit new places and, above all, have fun!

Evaluations have shown that through participating in Children’s University, children become adaptable learners, develop stronger aspirations, and are confident to pursue their dreams.

Also, evidence shows that Children’s University participants have better attendance, attainment and achievement at school than their peers. (Source: ‘Evaluation of the Children’s University 2010 - Third Report’, Professor John MacBeath, University of Cambridge, January 2011)

  • Extended opportunities to be involved in learning beyond the classroom
  • Discover the benefits of self-directed learning
  • Explore and develop new talents and passions
  • Manage and measure their success
  • Make new friends who have the same/similar interests
  • Celebrate and be awarded for their achievements
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Improved student attendance, attainment and achievement
  • Opportunities to add to students’ learning experiences
  • Raise the school profile in the local community
  • Increase the breadth of learning provided
  • Nurture more confident learners
  • Acknowledge learning outside the classroom and its benefits for in-school achievement
  • Build relationships within the school community
  • Supports the General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum
  • Capitalises on existing extra-curricular provision
  • Quality assured activities out of school that address the needs of the whole child
  • Opens up opportunities in a range of learning environments
  • Opportunities to celebrate their children’s achievements
  • Opportunities for parental involvement in school activities