Questions and Answers
 

General (CHILDREN AND ADULTS)
 

Where are you based?
We are fully mobile, so we can come to you or your venue of choice. We are mostly based in churches, community centres, schools and private homes. 

Are you insured?
Yes,  we have extensive public liability insurance which not only applies to all our participants, but also to our entire CookeryEatery team too. In addition we carry out our own risk assessments, considering the best ways of working in each setting to ensure we're safe and happy. We're proud to be working closely with our venues and if you'd like to see a copy  of our certificate, just ask. 

What do I need to bring with me?
There are few things we'd like your child to bring with them to CookeryEatery. Their willingness to taste new foods, be ready to roll up their sleeves and get involved in all aspects in our kitchens, and a smile.  We likes smiles!  We'll take care of everything else.   Apron, tea towels, all ingredients, utensils and equipment, materials, cookbooks, recipes, and the list goes on.  We'll have everything they'll need to get the most of their cook-along. There are a few items specific to each program that we require your child to bring with them. We'll be in touch to advise which ones once we know which venue and program your child joins.  If ever in doubt, please contact use via email on info@cookeryeatery.co.uk  

Do you welcome people with food allergies?
Yes we do.  We ask that everyone complete a short contact form before joining us in the kitchen, and this is where you can put us in the picture allergy wise and so we can prepare to welcome your child in the best possible way. Most community venues currently operate 'Nut Free Zones'* and we are prepared for this as standard, however we go a step further by eliminating both tree and ground nuts and related products.  We are also able to accommodate many other common food restrictions such as dairy, soya and gluten.  Where a child is concerned, we need to speak with a parent to get a detailed picture of the allergy, past reactions and agree the management while they are with us.   *CookeryEatery are not liable for the unapproved presence of nuts in our venues to which we are not made aware by the venue or hosts.

My child doesn't eat very well and is very picky about food. What happens if they won't eat the meal they made?
We find that children who are involved in a meaningful way in the sourcing of ingredients , their preparation,  and the cookery aspect of making food are much more interested in eating their creations.   This is especially true when  surrounded by other children who are tucking in and loving it!  Central to the CookeryEatery philosophy, is that we won't ever force a child to eat food they are not prepared to eat.   This means that there will be times that they choose not to enjoy the meal with their fellow cooks, which is all part of their food decision making process.   If necessary, we will offer the cook another more basic and familiar option to ensure they are well fed until the end of their session. 

My son is keen to join you in the kitchen, but he's worried it will be all girls.  Do you have separate groups?
We believe in mixed aged groups of boys and girls at CookeryEatery, making our clubs, camps and events very much like real life situations.    Believe it or not, just under half of our Lifelong Members are boys, who are just as interested in learning about food and cooking as the girls are.  In fact, some of our boys rate a day at camp as on par with football.  We welcome the next Jamie, Heston and Hugh whenever they's like to get started. 

Do I need to subscribe to the program, or can I cook with CookeryEatery whenever I'd like?
We welcome anyone & everyone who'd like to learn how to cook and enjoy good food.  For this reason, we don't put restrictions on how much or often you or your child would like to join us in the kitchen. We call this Lifelong Membership, which means that once a CookeryEatery cook, always a CookeryEatery cook.  You can book a camp, club or event whenever you'd like to without fees, dues or any other time bound commitment. We are very active on social media and offer several unique opportunities for our young cooks to get involved outside of our regular calendar of events.  Keep in touch,  and know that you're always welcome to join us. 

What happens if my child or I can't attend a booked cookery session due to illness?
We operate a 48 hour exclusion period after the last bout of any contagious illness, the same as school policies. This is especially important at all of our events as we work with food,  and do our best to protect participants & staff from risk of illness themselves.   When a child is ill or has to miss a confirmed club, camp, or special event there are no refunds or replacements offered as their exclusion is beyond our control. Please get in touch to discuss your options if ever in doubt.

If I can't make it on the day,  can I have a refund or transfer the place?
Once you've secured your booking by making a written or firm verbal commitment to a club, camp, event, workshop or other place(s), that's our signal to stop looking for another cook to join us, and to purchase food. We are able to offer refunds for cancellations when you give us at least 28 days notice prior to the booked event*.  We are not able to offer transfers onto future events, however in some instances it may be possible to offer the place to family or friends, and provided they are in a position to join us on the booked session (at our mutual discretion &  agreement), we'll gladly change the name on the booking at no extra charge.   It remains the sole responsibility of the customer to make suitable arrangements in advance of the event  to be considered for a substitution.  CookeryEatery reserves the right to final decision on substitution including but  not limited to denial of entry.  *Not applicable to termly school club places. Does not apply to non-refundable deposits in case of bespoke and party events.

What happens if I'm late to collect my child
At the end of their day, your children are super keen to see you, so we expect prompt collection at club finishing time.  However we know late collection can happen from time to time, and rest assured your child will be kept safe with us until you arrive.  Please phone call or send an SMS (mobile number on booking form) so we are made aware of the situation.  Please  also note that there is a late collection fee of £15 per child as our Cookery Mentors are required to stay longer which delays our clear up time on account of your late arrival.   If late collection becomes a regular event, we will contact you to speak about alternatives you may want to consider.

'Made by Me, Look and See' Food Boxes
We ask that all new CookeryEatery cooks purchase a Sistema BPA free food box customized with our logo, leaving space their name and details about the delicious creation inside.  Since the autumn 2016, we require that each child attending our clubs (pre-school, primary & secondary) bring their box each week to avoid the use of food wrapping that is likely to end up in landfill.   We extended this all cooks attending camps and workshops in the spring of 2017, allowing us to further reach the goals set out in our environmental care program.   CookeryEatery will no longer provide any food wrapping whatsoever at any of our clubs, camps or workshops.   All boxes cost £5 and are yours to keep.  Please remember to bring your clean box, in working order to club, camp, & workshops each time.   If you need another box, please let us know and we'll get another to your child at their next session at the same price.   The boxes are not sold for profit, and we simply pass them onto you at cost to enable your child to further their food learning at home.   Substitutions do not comply with our food safety protocols nor do they allow for fair & equal distribution of food contents among participants. This means that we will not be able to use a 'Tupperware' box from home, and should one be brought to camp or club, it will remain in your child's bag and  not filled with food should there be any left over at the end  of our sessions.  Preschool and primary clubs are issued with a small box, secondary and adult clubs are issued with a large box.   Supported children are issued with a box at no cost. Boxes must be used in accordance with the manufactures guidelines.   If you've got any questions about our 'Made by Me, Look and See' food boxes please get in touch via email at info@cookeryeatery.co.uk

CLUBS (SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN)


What does my child need to bring to club?
Not a lot. A named bottle of water,  their own CookeryEatery 'Made by Me, Look & See' food box and their CookeryEatery Food Passport. Please do not pack anything precious, valuable, digital/Wifi or delicate.  We are not liable in case of breakage or loss. We ask that you don't pack any food or drink items in your child's bag.  We offer a nut free program, please do not pack any nuts with your child. We have more than enough food to keep them fed and watered during their session.

My child has just started school. Can they join your club?
We regularly have Reception year children join us at After School Supper Club.  For some of them, the extra 1.5 hour at club after a full day of school works well, but for some it's that bit too much.  We suggest that children who are new to 'big school' wait until  January to join us, giving the children the time and space to get into the swing of things at school, something the school supports.

Will I need to collect my child from school and bring them to club?
When your child joins us in an on-site After School Supper Club, you will not need to make a trip to the school just to drop them off.  We work with the school to fall in line with their rules for clubs.  Your child will either be escorted to our designated 'Learning Kitchen' area by school staff or we will collect them from class, ready for our cook-along.  If your child's club isn't at their school, you will need to make arrangements to collect them from school and make your way to club.   We ask that you arrive promptly to collect them at the end of each session, letting your nose lead the way.

What do you do in the cookery session?
We start off by looking at & handling the ingredients in our weekly shopping basket, learn about the foodstuffs and the many ways they're available, prepare individual items, introduce knife skills and cookery techniques, cook a meal, set the dinner table, take drinks orders (water or milk only), share food together at the table, talk about the eating experience, discuss our day and what foods we’ll make at home and eat again, learn to tie a bow on our aprons, and learn how to eat with knife and fork. We also touch on aspects on teamwork, patience, concentration, confidence building and self awareness, literacy and numeracy & manual dexterity - PHEW! 

Will I need to feed my child dinner after supper club?
Your children are not forced or made to eat food at the club, only encouraged to try foods that we have made together. On the whole, most of our club cooks are supper keen to enjoy dinner by the time it reaches the table.  It's a good idea to have enough food in your family’s regular evening meal for your club child in case they’re still hungry once you get home.  Our club cooks are offered an age appropriate child’s portion of food every time. 

Will I need to feed my child dinner on 'sweet week'?
Yes, you will need to make sure you have dinner planned for your child on the last week of each half term, when we learn how to make a sweet treat instead of our usual savory dinner.   We will offer each child a substantial snack & drink after school, and we try to have a little taste of our pudding when it's ready.  Please get in touch if you've got any questions at info@cookeryeatery.co.uk     

Are the clubs available on a drop in basis?
Our After School Supper Clubs are booked via your school or the website for non-school venues. Our clubs run in termly blocks, separated by 1-2 week of school holidays.  They provide a weekly opportunity for your child to learn about food, develop techniques and learn about their own likes and dislikes.   In order to keep paperwork to a minimum,  and make our admin efficient, we ask for a 1 term commitment upon booking. After that, you can chose to continue on a rolling basis like most of our cooks, or dip in and out on a termly basis.  Your space is yours until you tell us otherwise. 

Is it possible to start a CookeryEatery club at my child's school?
We're keen to spread the good work we're doing to encourage children to cook and eat good food with as many schools as possible.
Please get in touch to discuss what you have in mind, and we'll make a plan for approaching the school, along with the offer of a taster session (on us!) so they too can see the impact we're having on the young people that choose to spend time at CookeryEatery.  Together, we aim to create a 'positive food culture' within schools,  which is a key requirement of the 2014 compulsory food learning curriculum. 

What happens if I'm late to collect my child
At the end of their day, your children are super keen to see you, so we expect prompt collection at club finishing time.  However we know late collection can happen from time to time, and rest assured your child will be kept safe with us until you arrive.  Please phone call or send an SMS (mobile number on booking form) so we are made aware of the situation.  Please  also note that there is a late collection fee of £15 per child as our Cookery Mentors are required to stay longer which delays our clear up time on account of your late arrival.   If late collection becomes a regular concern, we will contact you to speak about alternatives you may want to consider. 

Camp (SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN)
 

My child is 4.5 years old.  Can they still come to camp if not 5 yet?
If they are at primary school , they are old enough to join us in clubs and camps.  'Fun with Food' sessions are ideal for 0-4 year old
pre-schoolers. 

Do you do different things every day?
Absolutely, and if not entirely differently, we twist and shape recipes and formats, reinventing dishes and showing the true versatility of food. 

What does my child need to bring to camp?
Not a lot. A named bottle of water and all weather wear are ideal, their own CookeryEatery 'Made by Me, Look & See' food boxbut nothing precious, valuable, digital/Wifi or delicate.  We are not liable in case of breakage or loss. We ask that you don't pack any food or drink items in your child's bag.  We offer a nut free program, please do not pack any nuts with your child. We have more than enough food to keep them fed and watered during the day. 

How many children will be at camp?
We limit each camp day to only 16 children, or about half the size of your child's class at school.   This is so we can work closely with each child to show them the techniques we'd like them to develop, so they can feel at ease to ask questions & have them answered.  This means they will have a chance to do all aspects of our food & cooking activities, something that's vitally important to us in providing a top notch day of food discovery.  

Is lunch included at camp?
Not only lunch, but breakfast, dinner and snacks as well!

Where do you go on trips out of the camp base?
In small groups to close by places of interest such as the supermarket, market, green grocer, butcher, library, herb garden, recycling depot, and cafes. If there's a food connection, it's likely we've taken the young cooks for a visit.  

Why do you celebrate certain occasions throughout the year?
We encourage children to try seasonal foods & focus on their social development which is all done nicely in a natural and informative way by using the seasons as our guide. It's also a great way to introduce link subjects such as geography,  history, science and the natural world.

What happens if I'm late to collect my child
At the end of their day, your children are super keen to see you, so we expect prompt collection at club finishing time.  However we know late collection can happen from time to time, and rest assured your child will be kept safe with us until you arrive.  Please phone call or send an SMS (mobile number on booking form) so we are made aware of the situation.  Please  also note that there is a late collection fee of £15 per child as our Cookery Mentors are required to stay longer which delays our clear up time on account of your late arrival.   If late collection becomes a regular concern, we will contact you to speak about alternatives you may want to consider.

Parties

 

Are your parties like clubs or camps?
We host all kinds of parties. They're different to clubs & camps - our aim is to indulge in pure fun, excitement & celebration! We don’t focus on technique learning and balanced nutrition, it's a short time when we focus more about having fun in the moment to make that day epic for the birthday child and friends. 

What’s offered at your party?
Most of our parties are bespoke, so we can and will make it whatever you want it to be. You tell us what you’d like and we’ll make it happen. If you’re short on ideas or time, we’ll suggest a few for you to consider.  If you'd like to do something yourself at home we can help you with that as well, just ask. 

Can I have a CookeryEatery party at home?
Absolutely, it's often the best place to host your party to minimize the hassle of hiring a hall. No kitchen is too big or small and our insurance will cover your party goers and our staff all the same. Best yet, we'll set up and clear away, leaving you without all the work at the end. P.S. We've come to learn that kids love parties in their own homes! 

Adults

 

I really can't cook and I think I need to go back to basics.  Is this is right thing for me?
In a nutshell, yes.  For the home cooks that have been responsible for feeding a hungry family, there are always tips, tricks and things to learn, practice and try in other ways at each cook-along.  We find that by mixing experience & knowledge levels among the group, we can all learn from each other and enjoy the informality of how CookeryEatery works.  Ultimately, we work towards building your cookery tool kit  with ideas, inspiration and expect that your confidence in the kitchen will blossom from there.  Come join us!

Is there anything I can do to help my children learn more about food after they've left your club and camp?
YES, there's lots you can do.  We  are committed to inspiring children of all ages with the wonder that is food, and we acknowledge the importance of the family unit in developing solid key life skills.  After the children leave our clubs & camps, we're delighted that parents chose to prioritize food learning by providing them with opportunities to cook family meals from scratch.  Here are a few to get you started - cook together parent and child, bring discussion into your cooking, make eating together at the table a routine as much as possible, talk about food and whole food whenever you can,  and be great food role models to your children. Get in touch if you'd like more ideas

Can I join a club or camp?
The short answer is no, but we offer cookery sessions tailored for our adults fans.  'Date Nights' allow you to experience a similar cookery approach to the one we've become known for with children.  Easy, fuss-free, practical and fun cookery using wholefoods and always from scratch.   Be it a hen do, a group of Dads, a PTA social gathering, or simply hosting a dinner party with another couple, we can provide you with a reason to stay in, cancel the babysitter and forget about ordering a taxi. We'll bring everything needed to make a meal of your choosing, show you how to make it yourselves with our great tips & tricks, allowing you to make it again and again with the confidence and ease that will make cooking a breeze. Get in touch to find out more about our cookery evenings.