Children’s University Australia (CUA) is hosted by the University of Adelaide. CUA provides extra-curricular learning opportunities for children aged between 7-14 years old.
CUA aims to engage children in non-formal learning and to help children develop self-efficacy, confidence and build aspirations by promoting the learning that takes place outside school hours, and linking to subjects that can be studied at university.
CUA offers quality assured, superior educational experiences for children outside of the curriculum and recognises their achievements at formal graduation ceremonies.
Each child is issued with a Passport to Learning in which the hours of learning are recorded. CUA is child directed in that each individual chooses to be involved and picks what they would like to participate in. Children are encouraged to explore and discover new ideas, concepts and experiences via Public and Restricted Learning Destinations. The activities are practical, fun based and voluntary and could range from after schools and sport to museums, community activities, theatres, parks and galleries….the list is endless.
Why get involved in Children’s University Australia?
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.
Benefits for students participating in CUA:
· 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 own success celebrate and be awarded for their achievements
· Develop leadership skills
Our years 3 and 4 students are being invited to be our first cohort of students to access CUA at Reynella Primary. Gemma from CUA spoke to these students today and an expression of interest form will be sent home.
This is an exciting opportunity for children and their families to enjoy learning together. Hopefully we can offer the CUA program to other year levels in our school. If you would like further information please contact Fiona Brown.