Ensuring Food Safety When Cooking in the Classroom

Hygiene and Food Safety 5 min

Learn about safety rules for cooking with kids

By DFC - PLC, Nutrition Team
Child washing his hands before cooking
Child washing his hands before cooking


  • Safety tips for cooking activities with children
  • Hygiene tips for cooking activities

Ensuring Food Safety When Cooking in the Classroom

Children love hands-on activities no matter how old they are.  Getting them involved in cooking activities is a fun way to teach kitchen skills that will last a lifetime.  It is also a great way for children to learn about hygiene and food safety.  

A Few Safety Tips for a Successful Cooking Activity

  • Find out whether any of the children have any allergies or food intolerances.  Adapt the recipe by removing or substituting ingredients or find a recipe everyone can enjoy.
  • Have children tie back long hair and roll up their sleeves.
  • Ensure everyone washes their hands with warm soapy water before they start cooking and whenever necessary throughout the activity (for example, if they sneeze, after touching their face or, after going to the washroom).
  • If a child has a cut or other open wound or their arm or hand, give them a waterproof bandage and glove.
  • Ensure that all utensils and cooking surfaces are clean and in good condition.
  • If using vegetables or fruit, wash them under running water before using them.  Fruit and vegetables with thick skin (such as melons) should be washed with a brush.  Even if you will not be eating the peel, you still need to wash it before peeling or cutting into the food to prevent anything on the surface from getting on the knife or cutting board and contaminating the food.
  • If using perishable foods, keep them in the refrigerator or a cooler with ice packs at or below 4°C (40°F) until you are ready to use them. Foods should spend the shortest time possible between 4°C and 60 °C to prevent food-borne illness.

By following these simple tips, children will learn to cook while having fun and staying safe!


For All Ages
Hygiene and food safety