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How To Start Up A Children’s Cooking School Business

Ready, steady, cook! If you’re been inspired by The Great British Bake Off or Jamie Oliver to get busy in the kitchen with the children in your family, chances are you’d make a success of running a kids’ cooking school. How To Start Up A Children’s Cooking School Business

How to get started

Start up costs are low. The bulk of the business can be run from home, though you might have to include rental costs if you choose to run classes from premises, cooking implements such as bowls, spoons and whisks, as well as ingredients according to whatever you plan to cook. You will also need to pay for public liability insurance and a DBS check to ensure you’re safe to work with children. You will also need to pay for marketing, though this needn’t cost a lot, and office supplies. If you run your classes out of multiple venues, you’ll also need a car to transport yourself and all your cooking paraphernalia around and about. While you don’t need any qualifications to set up a children’s cooking school, you’ll be much better prepared to do it if you train up in how to do it best – find out more from The Children’s Food Trust.

Your venue

If you have a big enough kitchen, there’s no reason why you can’t run your cooking classes from home. However, as potentially a lot of your business will work as an after-school club, working in schools makes a lot of sense. They will also have all the relevant policies and procedures already in place – and normally you’ll be able to access a kitchen. You can also opt to run classes, parties and workshops from any venue that has kitchen facilities. This could be a cafe, though village and church halls can also be suitable. Make sure too that there is enough space for children to play while foods are being cooked. You can also offer to run birthday parties in other people’s homes.


Check out the competition. Who else is doing cooking clubs in your area? What can you offer that’s different? Healthy eating is currently high on the agenda, so classes in how to make simple, tasty, nutritious dishes could be a winner, while teaching children how to bake cakes and biscuits is great for a birthday party. Tap too into eating trends. Most kids love sushi – and easy to make, it doesn’t even need to be cooked. Check out potential venues in terms of costs and availability and factor this into your business plan. Ensure you’re up to date too on all the legalities working with children entails. There are lots of restrictions in terms of working with children, such as how many children are allowed per adult and what to do if children hurt themselves. Again, the Children’s Food Trust is a mine of information.


This is key to your success. A good website is a must, alongside a cracking mission statement. Whether it’s to instil a lifelong love of cooking, help children become healthy eaters, or nurture the talents of the next generation of British Bake Off bakers, it will help define your brand and hook clients in. You also need to clearly publicise what you offer, including the structure of your classes and what the price includes, such as ingredients and carry home tins. Social media will be an essential marketing tool and will help you to build relationships with parents and schools in your area, which is crucial to your business success. Read more like this

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