A recipe for play

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Access the curriculum as the children enjoy cooking or playing with construction and malleable materials

girls cooking

Cookery area

When setting up your cookery area, safety needs to be your main consideration. If in doubt, seek first-hand advice from professional agencies such as the local fire service.

Make sure that the work surfaces are at the correct height for all the children. Hand-washing facilities are essential and the children should always be reminded about relevant hygiene routines when using the area.

Involve parents as much as possible, for example, during cooking activities, washing aprons, contributing recipe ideas and joining in with themed picnics and parties in your setting.

When the cooking area is in use, ensure that a responsible adult supervises the children at all times. Make sure that cleaning products are stored away safely for adults to retrieve when appropriate.

Useful resources

Suitable storage is very important for all your cooking equipment so that the children can fi nd items easily and pack them away purposefully after use; good-quality cooking utensils, cutlery and baking equipment; picture labels; cookbook stand; good supply of foil, greaseproof paper and kitchen towels.

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