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Learning Destinations

Our Partners in Learning

Inspiring learning

Children's University learning destinations are the places and organisations young people visit with their Passport to Learning. They provide high-quality learning activities and experiences, designed to engage, educate and inspire children aged 5-14.

There are no hard and fast rules about what a learning destination can be. From a historic building to a children’s dance class, if it involves learning for young people, we want to work with you. The admin is easy, and linking with us could help boost your attendance.

Increase footfall

Our accreditation gives children an extra incentive to visit your destination, helping to boost footfall


We can help you reach audiences that are traditionally less likely to visit


We'll promote your exciting learning opportunities to the schools and families that we work with


Contribute to a wider scheme that promotes positive attitudes towards learning and achievement

What makes a learning destination?


Put simply, it’s anywhere that a child can take part in high-quality, fun, innovative and engaging learning activities and experiences outside of normal school hours.

It could be provided after hours at school at a sports session or art club. Or maybe it’s a nature trail around a local park. It could be indoors at a museum, science centre or library. Or outdoors at a local attraction, stadium or beach. In fact, a learning destination could be almost anywhere that children can learn and develop skills.

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Becoming a CU Learning Destination has been a great boost for Lamp House Music and our pupils. Pupils love getting their passports stamped each week for their music lessons and our recent Summer Music School projects were supported by CU Scotland which helped to secure funding from Creative Scotland so that we could offer these holiday clubs to pupils who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to attend due to financial reasons. CU is a truly unique widening participation project that Lamp House Music is proud to support and be a part of.

Martin Simpson

Co-owner, Lamp House Music

Learning destination criteria

To become a Children's University Scotland learning destination, the activities you provide need to comply with all safeguarding and health and safety requirements. They also need to meet the following criteria:

  • Available to 5-14-year-olds, on a voluntary basis and outside of normal school hours.
  • Fun, interactive learning that develops a range of skills.
  • Learning that broadens horizons and raises aspirations.
  • Opportunities for progression, boosting confidence and self-esteem.
  • Accessible to children from all backgrounds. 


You can see the full validation criteria in our Guidance for Learning Destinations.

Becoming a learning destination

This whole process is very straightforward and non-bureaucratic.

First, we make sure that the activities you offer meet our criteria. We’ll also collect some practical information about your activities — such as where and when they take place, what they involve, and whether there’s a cost.

Finally, we’ll check that your destination satisfies all the necessary health and safety and safeguarding requirements.


Interested in getting involved? Get in touch for a chat.


Get in touch


If you want to know more about becoming a learning destination, find answers below or get in touch.

Is there a cost involved in becoming a learning destination?

No, it's completely free to become a learning destination in Scotland.


How do we publicise our learning destinations?

We ask all large learning destinations to display the Children’s University learning destination logo when they join. This promotes your involvement and lets our members know they can collect credits at your venue.

We can provide our learning destination logo, free of charge, as an A4 poster, an A6 window sticker and digitally.

As well as this, the learning activities at your venue will be searchable by our members on this website, our app and our e-Passport system. 

There are also opportunities to appear in our Annual Review, newsletters and as a featured learning destination on this website.

What are our responsibilities as a learning destination?

Once we're working together, we’ll keep in touch about how things are going and whether there's anything we can do to support you and help you engage with our members.

We'd also like you to promote your status as a learning destination, and to improve the experience for our child members by:

  • Making sure your staff are aware of Children’s University, and know what to do if a Passport Holder asks them to sign or stamp their Passport to Learning
  • Identifying and developing new activities that involve fun, interactive and imaginative learning


Finally, we'd also like you to keep us updated if any of the information that we hold about your destination changes.

You're always welcome to get in touch at any time to have a chat, exchange feedback, and explore areas for further development.

Do we need to collect the names of the children that visit?

No, you don’t need to keep records of the credits you’ve awarded. Children do that themselves on their online e-Passport.


What information can we get back?

When children log their activities online, they also state how much they enjoyed the activity — a bit like an online review. We’re happy to feed any useful, non-personal information of this sort back to you so you can monitor the impact you’re having.

Read our Guidance for Learning Destinations

To find out more about becoming a Children's University learning destination, download our Guidance document.


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