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Cook with Me- Hands on cooking for your little one

by Amber Pattullo in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th March 2020 we successfully raised £3,253 with 119 supporters in 28 days

Our aim is to create a cooking programme for children aged 18 months to school age for the use in early years settings or at home.

by Amber Pattullo in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With additional funds we would have a larger marketing campaign- reaching more children faster, run more classes sooner and provide more packs for homeless shelters, refuges and food banks.  

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to look at our crowdfunder.

Currently one in five children in the UK starts school overweight or obese – ‘Cook with Me - Hands on cooking for your little one’ is committed to reducing this figure.

Our social enterprise will provide affordable and accessible healthy recipe packs for children across the UK, aged 18 months to school age, for the use in early years settings or at home.

The evidence supporting good nutrition in early years is clear. Practitioners and public health experts agree that giving a child a healthy start in life is vital as nutrition in the early years has consequences across the life course. Early years settings have an essential role in helping to support parents to establish good eating habits at the earliest opportunity. 

Children love to bake and get creative but finding recipes that are in line with NHS nutritional guidelines can be tricky. The Cook with Me - Hands on cooking for your little one overcomes these issues, as each of the recipes have been created to fit in with the Setting the Table document and NHS healthy eating guidelines, meaning they have no added sugar or salt thus promoting a healthy and balanced diet.

Our recipe packs offer an affordable and accessible solution for children across the UK, aged 18 months to school age, for the use in early years settings or at home. Each pack has also been carefully designed to support positive wellbeing and develop numeracy and literacy skills. Children will gain practical life skills and a sense of achievement as they advance through the different stages.

What will the programme look like?

The programme will come in 5 levels ranging from ‘no cook’ to ‘pizza from scratch’. Each level of the programme will contain between 8 and 10 recipes, stickers, lesson plans and ideas on how to extend the learning and a certificate of completion for when your little one has completed all the recipes in that level. The full course will contain 39 recipes, will be based around the NHS guidance for nutrition (Setting the Table document in Scotland), and we are working with the EYN Partnership to see if they can endorse all our recipes. This gives you the peace of mind that not only are the recipes fun, educational and exciting, but also healthy. We will also provide information on how to adapt them for vegan or vegetarian lifestyle and allergies.

Early Years Packs
These packs have been designed to fit in with the academic year. This means that an early years setting can complete the full course in one year with each age group. In addition to the recipes there will also be lesson plans and ideas which have been planned by an experienced primary teacher to enhance and deepen the learning for the children.

Each year the course content will be updated and refreshed to keep it new for the children and setting. Once an early years setting has completed the full course, they can provide evidence and receive a logo which can be used on marketing to prove you are a Cook with Me setting - giving parents the knowledge that you take healthy eating seriously.

If you do not wish to implement the full course yourself then we will have passionate leaders who can come in to deliver blocks in your setting. Each block will have 6 sessions and can be used to supplement any health and wellbeing outcomes you are working towards. These sessions will be delivered by PVG's/ DBS checked staff and they will all have at least level 2 food hygiene.

Home Packs
Home packs will follow a similar set up but will contain further information about how to support healthy eating in the home, top tips on how to start cooking, and health and safety guidance. These recipe packs will be delivered directly to your door with healthy, nutritious and age and stage appropriate recipes for you and your little one to do together. Cook with Me will also be running terms of cooking classes where families can come along to their current location and cook, then play together.

Why are we Crowdfunding?

We want to grow the programme in all areas, from additional recipes to a full timetable of physical cooking classes and we need your help. The initial money will be spent on marketing materials, creating and testing recipes, website, building social media channels, buying cooking equipment for the cookery sessions, insurances and food safety training for leaders. 

We currently have a number of families who access our services who do not have a fixed abode or full cooking facilities, so it would be lovely if we could create some packs and provide these free of charge to local food banks, homeless shelters and refuges; or even provide free cooking classes to community projects too.

The harsh reality and why we need your help


Young children have too much sugar in their diet – on average the equivalent to 8 cubes per day compared to the maximum recommendation of 3-4 cubes per day – we want to help to reduce this 

Young children eat too little oily fish – on average they have just 13g per week which is less that a tablespoon – we want to increase this 

Young children have too little fibre in their diet – on average only consuming 10g of fibre per day versus the recommended 15g per day – we want to change this

Young children should be encouraged to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables in their daily diet – evidence suggests that they do not currently eat enough – we want to help them eat more 

Who are we?

We are Maisie and Amber. 

Amber has worked with families and children since she was 17. She has an HNC in early education and childcare and a BA in Childhood Studies, and since graduating university she has worked mainly in private early years settings. Drawing on all of her experience, she believes that this programme would be a beneficial enhancement within the early years sector. 

Maisie is a qualified chef and currently works in a community cafe supporting young adults with additional support needs to gain practical and certified training, in a warm and friendly environment. She has seen first-hand just how much cooking can build a young person's sense of self-confidence and provides them with real life skills. Maisie is well experienced in creating recipes for all stages of skills and has the practical knowledge to design a programme. 

We are both parents and love to cook (and eat) at home with our little ones. Creating meals together is a great way to bond, try new foods and explore senses.  


What people say about us

'Amber is creating a community to support all parents to remove the isolation that so many of us feel in addition to educating us about how we can support our children’s learning. In doing both of these it is supporting our children in the future.'

'They are working tirelessly to bring further play experiences to families in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. The space is so tranquil and relaxing and makes it the perfect spot to go when you need a break, but the children need entertained.'

'Because it teaches everyone that you using natural resources like sticks can keep children happy for hours and gives them the opportunity to use their imagination skills'

'Focus on teaching how to PLAY which is increasingly important and missing for youngsters.'

'One of a kind play “service” using natural, loose parts and encouraging independence. Both are terrifying for parents but the benefits are well known.'

'We would recommend Nurture the Play, and will definitely be back in the future.'


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Homeschooling Pack

This pack had been designed for those of us who are now homeschooling. Each will come in PDF form, have 10 simple and healthy recipes for children aged preschool upwards, contain a supplementary Activities Pack with ideas on how to extend learning and also a certificate of completion. These packs will be available to be sent by email on the 23rd March, which is before the crowdfunder finishes but in time to help us in the house

£5 or more

Thank You

A 'Big Fat Thank You' from us to you.

£8 or more

10 of 20 claimed

Cook with Me Class

Join us at our venue to take part in with a Cook With Me session. These sessions are suitable for children aged 18 months to school age. Our venue address is: Nurture the Play, 5a Portland Gardens, Edinburgh, EH6 6NY

£10 or more

Taster Pack

This reward gets you 4 recipes in PDF form to let you get a taste before committing to Level 1.

£10 or more

£10 donation

This is for those who wish to donate but would not like a reward.

£10 or more

£15 voucher for Kids Gone Wild

Grab yourself a bargain and get a £15 voucher for only £10 with this pledge. Kids Gone Wild are a family run business, started by Lauren and Rob. Theh are based in Livingston and travel throughout Central Scotland delivering nature, play based sessions to children and families. They offer camps, classes, parties and lots more. You can check them out here:

£15 or more

7 of 10 claimed

Children's Baking Set

A selection of equipment needed to start cooking and baking at home.

£15 or more

9 of 10 claimed

Easter Cooking Session- 11th April

This is for those who would like to join our themed Easter session. We will be making Easter treats, have a selection of crafts and a play session. The session will be 11.30am to 1pm.

£20 or more

Level 1 Cooking Course for Families

You will receive our Level 1 cooking course pack which includes 8 wipeable recipe cards, activity pack, stickers and certificate.

£40 or more

Level 1 and Level 2 Cooking Course for Families

You will receive our Level 1 and Level 2 cooking packs which includes 16 wipeable recipe cards, activity pack, stickers and certificate.

£54 or more

Step It Up Dance Age 3-5 summer camp

Save 10% off Step It Up Dance award winning holiday camp for children aged 3-5 years. These camps run at Wardie Parish Church between the hours of 10am and 1pm. This pledge entitles you to 3 consecutive days however you can pledge multiple times and receive additional days.

£100 or more

Mini Sleep Support SAVE £19

Grab yourself a £19 saving with this fantastic mini sleep support, this package includes: Full sleep evaluation 2 weeks of bespoke support 1 x 60-minute call 2 x 15-minute calls to help you reach your sleep goals This course is delivered by Caro from Sleepy Lambs and more information can be seen here:

£112 or more

Studio 48 Animation Course

Save 10% OFF in this week-long course. The children will create their own stock-frame animation. By the end of the week, the children will have created a short animation feature with their own characters. We will learn storyboarding, character creation, clay techniques, and about the animation software necessary to bring their figures to life. This course is suitable from 6 - 10 years.

£149 or more

Step It Up Dance P1- P7 camp

Grab yourself an exclusive offer! With this pledge you will receive 10% off the award winning Step It Up Dance summer holiday camp. These camps are held at Wardie Parish church. This pledge entitles you to one week at a reduced cost, however you can pledge more than once and receive additional weeks. Additional detail on the camps can be seen here;

£206 or more

3 week sleep support SAVE £43

Sleep analysis & comprehensive history review 90-minute face-to-face / virtual meeting to discuss sleep challenges and initial steps Personalised sleep plan – summarising our meeting & plans for next steps and solutions Relevant age-appropriate schedules and other useful handouts 3 x 20-minute phone calls in the 3 weeks following the initial meeting 3 weeks of support

£300 or more

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Advertisement on our Website and Social Media under our Partners Section- This is valid for 1 year. Our social media is very active and stats can be provided.

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