Passports-to-pleasure scheme for kids

Special pass: Coun Jackie Drayton with pupils Beth Twelvetrees, aged 12, and Daaanyaal Iqbal, aged 11.
Special pass: Coun Jackie Drayton with pupils Beth Twelvetrees, aged 12, and Daaanyaal Iqbal, aged 11.
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HOLIDAYS are here – and Sheffield children are being urged to make sure their passports are in order.

Not the kind you need to travel abroad – but special passports providing instant access to a range of exciting activities, from museum visits to cookery sessions.

And just like the real thing, when you take part in one of the out-of-school activities, you get your passport stamped.

The stamps represent learning credits that will eventually earn youngsters bronze, silver or gold awards that will be presented later this year at ceremonies to be held all over the city.

More than 40 schools have already joined the Passport to Learning scheme, which is being run by Sheffield Children’s University throughout the coming academic year.

As part of the scheme youngsters can try out activities ranging from karate, Bollywood dancing, cookery clubs and homework clubs, to swimming, outdoor activities, historical projects and visits to museums.

Taking part in most of the activities is free, but small charges are levied for some.

During the summer holidays, parents can buy the passports for their children for £2 and begin collecting credits through activities taking place at various ‘learning destinations’.

Coun Jackie Drayton, the council’s cabinet member for children, launched the scheme at the Central Library.

She said: “This is a wonderful initiative to encourage and interest young people in a whole host of learning opportunities and activities.

“Now the school holidays are here, there are so many opportunities to try something new and then continue that interest as the new term starts in September.”