Cooking is an incredibly accessible way for children to find out about and share different cultures and traditions. We support our children to develop positive attitudes to a variety of new foods and focus on the social aspect of sharing and enjoying healthy food and drink. Children take part in preparing and clearing up after meals and this supports the school community. We all help to make the school day run smoothly.
Our cooking area is structured to promote independence and children can access ingredients with ease. Visual, clear recipes are used to enable children to follow them with little adult help (and some with no adult help at all!) Children often demonstrate skills they have developed from home cooking: peeling, chopping, mashing, whisking, stirring, folding and kneading.
As with all our experiences at Rachel Keeling, we approach cooking as a process: from consulting about what to cook through to washing up at the end and sharing or taking the food home.