Cooking supports all areas of the curriculum from reading recipes, to measuring ingredients and learning about changes of state.

Cooking is now considered part of Froebel's Occupations - creative activities and experiences for young children.

"Through the Occupations, children can:

  • represent, be inventive and engage creatively and imaginatively
  • build their physical competencies
  • make links to everyday life, nature, knowledge and understanding
  • be empowered to move from the here and now to the abstract (so laying the foundations of literacy and mathematical understanding)
  • develop dispositions and attitudes that will benefit them in the adult world of work."

Prof. Tina Bruce and Jane Dyke, Learning from Froebel (2017)

Children learn skills through first-hand experiences. Educators carefully supervise and offer support if needed.

"Involving children in the whole process of cooking from finding utensils, preparation of ingredients through to tidying away provides children with a wide range of experiences and helps them develop many skills."

Anna Denton and Dr Lucy Parker, Cooking with young children (2024)

A collection of cooking related resources and guides for educators:

Even with limited space, planting and growing is possible throughout the year. A herb garden can be added to an outside area or a window ledge inside and vegetables can be grown in a small container.

Anna Denton and Dr Lucy Parker

Cooking with children provides many opportunities to learn about nature. Children can make connections between the experiences of growing, harvesting, cooking and eating. Experience and understanding of nature were central to Froebel’s ideas and Occupations.

Through real life experiences, children learn about the interrelationship of all living things.