Jaide’s Stage Studios are pleased to announce that their studios are now validated as a National Children’s University™ ‘Learning Destination’.

The National Children’s University™ is an innovative and dynamic scheme that raises children’s self-esteem, attainment and aspirations by taking part in activities such as we offer in a variety of dance disciplines, drama & singing.

The Children’s University is on offer for children of all abilities, aged 7 – 14 years (including 5 & 6 year olds with family engagement) with over 70 centres across the UK registered with Children’s University to date.

If you are a child aged between 7 and 14 years, and would like to find out about exciting learning opportunities with the Children’s University, you have come to the right place.  It’s impossible to know all the questions you might have, so here are a few to get you started:

What exactly is the Children’s University?
It is an organisation which signposts you to exciting learning activities which take place outside the normal school day – ie at Jaide’s Stage Studios, or it could be before school, during lunchtime, after school, during weekends or holidays etc. including those who take part in Jaide’s after school dance clubs. The activities are all voluntary it is up to you to choose what you do and when, and the learning always has a link to something you could go on to do more at an “adult” university.

How do I know it’s any good?
The entire Children’s University learning activities are checked by your local Children’s University staff to make sure that the learning provided is good enough. The places that offer CU approved learning activities are then given the title of Children’s University Learning Destination and they will visibly display our black and gold Learning Destination poster.

What happens after I have completed an activity?
Make sure you have your Children’s University Passport To Learning with you and the Learning Destination will give you a stamp for the number of hours the activity counts for in your passport. The more activities you do, the more the hours add up!

learning_scheme_newsclipHow will I know when I have collected enough hours for a certificate?
Your school co-ordinator/tutor will check your Passport to Learning and tell you when the next set of certificates will be handed out. For your bronze level certificate, you will need 30 hours, 65 hours for silver and 100 hours for gold. Certificates are awarded at CU Undergraduate, CU Postgraduate and CU Doctorate levels. You will usually have the chance to be presented with your certificate at a special graduation ceremony organised by your local Children’s University.

What does it all cost?
Your school will explain how it works locally, but the cost of a passport is usually around £2. Many of the school-based clubs are free, but the usual charges will apply for public clubs and places of interest.

What do I do next?
You can usually only be a member of the local Children’s University if your school is taking part in the scheme. The best place to ask is at your school. You can also check out the details of your nearest local Children’s University centre by logging onto