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2-030 Course
Cooking with children in the early childhood curriculum
learning time
This self-paced course is approximately 4 hours of learning time.
who is this for?
This course is for early childhood educators wanting to create engaging learning experiences through cooking.
skill level
Suitable for beginner to experienced ECE teachers and leaders.
This course is tailored for early childhood educators so you can spark the imaginations of young children and introduce them to the wonderful world of cooking in a playful and safe environment.
We aim to foster a genuine love for food by engaging young children in playful cooking experiences that emphasise fun, exploration, and age-appropriate culinary adventures. Through exciting learning experiences your little chefs can learn the basics of kitchen safety, simple food preparation, and the pleasure of creating delicious treats.

Course Highlights:
  • Child-Friendly Recipes: Our course features simple, printable and fun recipes that are perfect for young children to explore with guidance.
  • Suggested Interactive Cooking Sessions: Each session incorporates hands-on cooking activities designed to cater to the attention spans and motor skills of young children.

In this course we cover;
  • How to introduce cooking skills to young children
  • Setting up a process cooking space
  • The role of the educator in process cooking
  • Introducing food science to young children
  • Food for celebrations
  • Food for gifting

Cooking with young children is an incredibly valuable part of the early years curriculum as it fosters essential life skills, such as math, science, and fine motor skills, while also promoting language development, creativity, and confidence. It offers an opportunity to teach children about nutrition, cultural diversity, and sustainability, all while strengthening relationships and encouraging healthy eating habits.

*BONUS Printable Recipe cards provided that you can use with children in your everyday hands on cooking experiences.
Facilitated by Rachel Rohloff 
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About the Course Creator

Rachel Rohloff

Rachel began her career in education as a primary school teacher in New Zealand. Later she moved to the UK where she spent a decade teaching science and design technology. Back in New Zealand, Rachel co-founded a not-for-profit company - The TestPod, creating science experiences for school pupils and university students as well as public events showcasing latest innovations.
Currently Rachel works with corporate clients, creating school programmes to support NZ education.
She is an author of three books;
The Living World, The Material World, and Clever Cooks - An Introduction to Food Science.

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