Caring Cooks - Lets Get Cooking!
The amazing Caring Cooks provide us with weekly recipes that they teach (and then send home) to our children. These are free for you to use - however making a donation is a great way to say Thank You to this amazing charity!
Caring Cooks is a registered non-profit organisation in Jersey which provides subsidised and free services, in order to deliver a positive social impact on the health and well-being of families, children and young people in Jersey.
Their programmes are designed to Inspire children to understand where food comes from and how it is grown, educate children and their families to cook simple meals from scratch and understand what foods are good to eat for their health, have a positive impact on a child’s eating habits to encourage a lifelong approach to good nutrition and have a positive impact on the family unit which may in turn lead to healthy changes in behaviours surrounding food choices and consumption, now and for future generations.
The Let’s Get Cooking Programme is a cross curricular and progressive skills based programme for primary schools in Jersey, which teaches them how to prepare simple meals from scratch and the fundamentals of nutrition.
Children begin their journey on the programme in Year 1, where they learn simple techniques such as spreading butter to make a sandwich, snipping herbs and measuring using a spoon. By the time children reach Year 6, in their final year at primary school, they are able to confidently use the bridge and claw grip, handle raw chicken while understanding cross contamination, and use heat independently to make a risotto.
By the time they leave for secondary schools, they will have the skills and knowledge to cook 30 recipes from scratch and be armed with all they need to know about making healthy food choices in the future
The programme doesn’t just teach skills, it encompasses much discussion and other activities around food such as portion sizes, the Eat Well Guide and where food comes from. This not only provides the children with an engaging learning opportunity but encompasses other areas of the curriculum such as Geography, Science, PHSE and History.
Each week, recipes are sent home with the children, and parents and carers are encouraged to cook them at home with their children, so the whole family benefits.
For more information on this amazing charity please visit their website: www.caringcooksofjersey.com