Monthly classes for toddlers who love to cook

Mentored by

Lisa James

Cooking for fun with Little Wren

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Location address: Ashurst Wood, RH19 3TF
Chosen age group:

Ages: 3 - 5 years

Available tickets:
Standard £17
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Come along with your 3-5 year old and join in a fun, hands on cooking class for children in a relaxed home environment, creating dishes to be enjoyed both at the class and to take home. Even if your childs' cooking experience has been limited (or even yours!), you will be in for a surprise when you see what they can actually create! The class costs £17 FOR A CHILD AND GUARDIAN TOGETHER, which includes all of the ingredients used. Just bring some containers to take some of your treats home in! Classes are kept small, with up to 4 children and guardian, so that the children can get the attention they need and deserve. It will always be me, Lisa, running the classes so the children will know what to expect when they return. The classes are taught in my workshop where we really can have fun, make a mess and delicious dishes whilst learning such a wide array of skills. Some jobs may need us to work in the kitchen as well. The children will mostly work on their own elements with very limited group work for the time-being. They will be doing everything from weighing, mixing, beating, kneading, chopping, rolling, stirring, counting, measuring, whisking, decorating, tearing, layering, sprinkling, mashing, squeezing, pricking, constructing, enveloping even tickling (though maybe not all of these in one class!). I can guarantee they get a little messy! Safety is paramount for cooking with children (and adults too!!), so we also learn about keeping ourselves safe, keeping the food safe and areas clean and tidy to prevent cross-contamination. Each class will have a different menu, with at least one main and maybe even a sweet dish. Seasonal classes (such as Halloween, Christmas and Easter) focus on relevant dishes and edible treats/gifts. The cooking space is usually decorated when there is a festivity! I tailor the menus for the day to take into account each child's abilities. I encourage them to try to taste new things (so long as it does not contain raw eggs or raw meat) and get an understanding of where their food comes from. We collect our own herbs from the garden and enjoy exploring the different textures, smells and tastes of the different herbs. We also explore seasonality of food and can sometimes also use my fresh home grown produce that we pick together. I hope to expand the fruit and veg beds in my garden next year. The course includes all of the ingredients, use of the equipment and tuition. As the children are so young, a guardian is required to stay - and get involved! Class menus can be adapted to dietary requirements (please note that both the workshop and kitchen are environments where we work with nuts, dairy and gluten). Family classes can be made available on request. My goal since starting Little Wren Cooking over 4 years ago has been to make learning to cook as accessible, fun and relaxed as possible. I want to encourage a love and understanding of food. The benefits of home cooked food is huge, from the health perspective through to something more personal, the sense of accomplishment, and pride, encouraging that scientific sense of wonder. Cooking helps develop a range of skills, from communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, creativity, logic and so forth. Please note that there is one step into each of the workshop, the kitchen and down to the toilet. Bookings need to be made at least 5 days before the class to enable me to source the ingredients and prepare the class schedule. Should you be looking to book within those 5 days, please do get in touch in case space is available. Please see further details for cancellation information.
About your mentor
Lisa James
Cooking for fun with Little Wren
I have always enjoyed crafts and creating things. I have been crafting and cooking since I was a little girl, helping my Nanna and having fun experimenting in my Mum’s kitchen. I have passed this love on to my daughter and many other children now. I love being around people, especially children, and helping them to discover their creative talents. I love telling lame jokes (think Christmas cracker style) and adore being around nature (though have an issue with slugs and snakes!). Having grown up in Australia I relish in the wide-open spaces of nature, but totally fell in love with the beautiful countryside that we live around here in Sussex. I feel very lucky to be able to combine what I love with what I do.
Learning aim
Aim 1
To enjoy preparing food, discovering different ingredients and tasting different foods. We will prepare two dishes to be enjoyed either at the class or to take home.
Pricing information
Ticket nameStandard
InformationThe cost of the class includes all of the food needed, as well as the tuition and kit used on the day. Don't worry - you won't be asked to do the dishes!
Where we'll be
Nr. Lewes Road, Ashurst Wood, West Sussex, RH19 3TF
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First Aid Training
First Aid Kit
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Cancellation Policy
No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.You will receive a full refund if you change or cancel your place up to 14 days before your class. If you cancel between seven and 14 days before your class, we offer a 50% refund. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds or credits when a place is cancelled less than seven days before the class is due to take place.

My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.