The first step to eating healthily is understanding food and how to cook it. Being able to knock up a meal from basic ingredients is becoming a rare ability and parents don’t necessarily have the time to spend the extra hours in the kitchen allowing the kids to make the mistakes and chaos that inevitably ensues. Leave that to a rainy Sunday and let us do the hard work for you!
At Charley's Little Kitchen children get to taste, touch, smell and most importantly cook loads of different foods. Our recipes are based around essential cooking skills and knowledge, learning about where food comes from as well as what you can turn it into. Interactive quizzes, games and taste testing get children involved in new foods, you may be surprised at what they come home liking.
Cooking is not only a fantastic way to fine tune motor skills, but also enhances mathematical abilities and literacy. Following recipes, measuring out ingredients and using their hand-eye coordination gets kids learning without even realising it!
2.15 - 3.15 Parents and Preschool
Kids, bring your parents along to a fun filled hour of cooking and mess (which they don't have to clear up!) Every week we'll be exploring food using all our senses and you'll go home with your treats to show off and enjoy.
3.40 - 5.30 After School Grub!
Join us after school as we teach you how to make amazing meals from scratch. Learn all about food, where it comes from and what you can turn it into. Try new ingredients and most importantly have fun! You don't need to bring anything; if we don't eat what we make, we'll provide you with plenty of healthy snacks to keep you going till you get home.
Our holiday workshops are for children aged 7 - 11 years. During the day children get to make their own lunch, try loads of new flavours, make a healthy afternoon snack and come home with at least one creation to show off to friends and family. Every participant also receives a certificate of achievement, skills and knowledge sheets and recipes to try out at home. See our website for more information and how to book.
Charley's Little Kitchen offers cookery parties for children aged 4 years old and up. All you need is a space to hold it and we'll do all the hard work for you. With the food and activities sorted, all you need to do is put your feet up and watch the kids have fun. For all abilities, we'll design the party specially for you, so whether you want a sparkly cake decorating party or a three course meal, we'll be happy to help.
Children's parties last from 2 - 4 hours. We provide all the equipment, ingredients and aprons for the day as well as paper chef's hats and party bags to take home.
We can cater for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, kosher, halal and any other diet you can think of. Please call us to discuss your needs.
Our holiday workshops are held at St Andrew's Church Hall in Hove. For one off parties and classes we will travel anywhere within an hour of Brighton.View timetable
Holiday workshops cost £38 per child, discounts are available for multiple bookings.
For parties and one off courses please call us to discuss.
This recommendation was made verbally by a parent speaking to the KalliKids team and confirmed in writing.
My little girl (aged 7) went to Charley’s Kitchen for the day. It was a Mexican themed day and they all cooked lunch together and also came home with some food and recipes. The day is great as it teaches them, and introduces them, to new foods that they may not have tried themselves. The classes only have 8 kids in so they are very small and intimate. Charley is great with the kids, the facilities were great and it was lovely for her to do something different and educational.
Liora: I went to one cookery class which was great. We made Guacamole, Humus and Salsa and I really liked the spices. Charley was really good and kind. Dad: the class was fantastic as the kids learnt how to cook but also about nutrition and food categories. Since going, they have been pointing out how balanced (or unbalanced) are home meals are!
Charley has found her calling in giving cooking classes for kids! She used to be our child minder and so she makes children feel very quickly at ease. My two eldest children are very different and have different skill levels when it comes to cooking but both really enjoyed the classes and both learnt from them. Charley teaches them life skills but they feel like they have had lots of fun and have made something nice. The classes are fun and relaxed (not like school) and I have no hesitation in recommending them.
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Charley has over ten years experience working with children in various capacities. As a teenager she organised and ran a community youth club and was a youth worker for a national youth organisation organising residential camps as well as day events. In 2011 she spent three months in Vietnam, volunteering with an orphanage and most recently she has worked as a Nanny here in Brighton. "Working with children is a true passion of mine and it may be a cliché but I can’t think of anything more worthwhile than having a positive influence on a future generation."
Charlotte is a Masters student at the University of Sussex studying Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation - but don’t let that fool you, food is always close to her heart. Her undergraduate dissertation was a study into obesity and eating preferences in the West. Like Charley, Charlotte has extensive experience working with children having run summer activities camps, children's parties and has twice been to Thailand to volunteer in a children's home and school run by the charity Children of the Forest. Charlotte has taken courses in chocolate making, Thai and Vietnamese cooking.
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