Children taking part in the Children’s University scheme can have their Learning Passports stamped at Seaton Wetlands

Stamp of approval for beautiful wetlands

Seaton Wetlands has been given the stamp of approval by the Children’s University to recognise the high quality learning and extra-curricular activities provided there.

Young people taking part in the Children’s University, a charitable trust run by Plymouth University in Devon and Cornwall, are now able to have their learning passports stamped when they visit the East Devon District Council – owned wetlands which is managed by the council’s Countryside team.

The Children’s University stamp is a nationally recognised quality mark which validates learning activities at venues across the country and it’s been awarded to the wetlands.

Children enrolled at the Children’s University who visit the site can now have their learning passports stamped with this quality mark. Learning passports are used to encourage young people to develop new interests and acquire new skills through a range of experiences. Stamped learning passports can be used to support applications for further education with bronze, silver and gold certificates available.

Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s environment portfolio holder, said:

The East Devon Education rangers provide inspiring learning for children from pre-school through to higher education. It is great that the quality of the activities provided at Seaton Wetlands have been recognised by the Children’s University and that the wetlands will continue be a place that children and their families visit to expand their love of learning and their knowledge and appreciation of the natural environment.

The Children’s University provides 5 to 14 year olds with a range of exciting learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.

Education ranger, Meg Knowles said:

Last year the Countryside Education rangers received a 5/5 rating for quality and excellence by all school and community groups we worked with. The quality stamp awarded to Seaton Wetlands by the Children’s University recognises the excellent curricular and extracurricular opportunities available to visitors.

We’re looking forward to an exciting year, working with a range of schools and groups and encouraging children who are part of the Children’s University to foster a love of learning and appreciation of East Devon’s outstanding natural environment.

Visitors to Seaton Wetlands can take part in the public events run by the Countryside team throughout the year, explore the site by taking part in an orienteering trail or have a go at pond dipping. Trail maps and pond dipping equipment is available to hire from the Discovery Hut (Saturday to Monday, 10am to 4pm). Once you have completed an activity your learning passport can be stamped at the Discovery Hut or the Lookout at Seaton Wetlands.

Those taking part in the Children’s University scheme are advised to contact the Countryside team prior to their visit to ensure that a member of staff or volunteer is on site to hire out equipment and to stamp the learning passport.

More information on visiting Seaton Wetlands and the Countryside team’s education work can be found by visiting wildeastdevon.co.uk

Prior to visiting, the Countryside team can be contacted on 01395 517557 or by email at countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk