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What is Montessori Inspired?

The Montessori philosophy approaches education through conscientious observation of children while they are encouraged to do work that they are naturally drawn to. The Montessori environment is beautifully organized into different areas to support the growth and development of each child. An area focussed on practical life skills includes work that stimulates both gross and fine motor skills and creates an awareness of the environment in which the child belongs. The sensorial area allows discovery of their senses and encourages constant refinement. The language and math areas introduce concepts starting from concrete to abstract, general to specific, and familiar to unfamiliar.

Little Kitchen Academy reflects the Montessori environment in many aspects. Our environment is beautiful, thoughtfully organized and built with materials and equipment familiar to the children’s environment at home. Recipes have been developed and formatted to suit the children’s abilities based on age. They joyfully practice a three-hour work cycle to experience a ‘from scratch to consumption’ class. Our teachers are here to show the children how to properly use the tools, but step back and observe the independent work- only to help when asked or when safety is concerned. Teaching our children independence in the kitchen reinforces the Montessori philosophy of allowing our children to develop themselves to become a productive part of their own environment. Tasting ingredients and learning descriptive words only refines their senses, igniting more and more interest in food. Working with practical units of measure and combining ingredients to create something new are basic math and science concepts only to be called upon in math and science classes later.

And in addition, the Montessori method knows how important the role of the Guide (teacher) is within the environment. The Guide feels honoured and privileged to work with children. At Little Kitchen Academy we believe that working with your children is an honour. We work with patience, humility, and passion. Want to hear more?

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Can I come into the kitchen with my child?

While we welcome a quick visit at the end of the class at our communal table, this work cycle is for our students. Our environment has been designed and built to safely accommodate 10 children and 2 teachers.

Birthday Parties?

We do not do birthday parties. Little Kitchen Academy is a safe, exciting space for children to develop their life skills in the kitchen. We are honoured to be working with our students. We take our work very seriously and we admire and appreciate the hard work our students produce. We LOVE birthdays but we stick to the curriculum that has been thoughtfully developed.

Is Little Kitchen Academy a nut-free Kitchen?

Yes.

Do you accommodate other food allergies?

If we are made aware at registration, we will try our very best to accommodate allergies.

Will my child be forced to eat anything?

No! We have set recipes for each class and have shopped accordingly. We understand children are nervous about trying new foods, but they are encouraged to make the recipe provided and perhaps give it a try or share with family at home! We will certainly make changes to food sensitivities or allergies as long as we know ahead of time.

Can I enroll my child in a younger or older age class?

While our instructors are trained to be keen observers, and will certainly add or take away an element of difficulty, please consider the social time at the end of class when we set our community table and chat with each other. Your child will probably feel most comfortable with children their own age. Our curriculums are built for the specific developmental stages and the younger children will be so positively influenced watching the older children, and the older children will benefit and refine their skills when working with the younger children.

If you feel your child is right in between and want to register them for a different class, just change the year of birth on the registration page to allow access to the class you want.

Do you have classes for adults?

Little Kitchen Academy focuses on our students ages three through late teens. While we want to encourage everyone to develop awesome skills in the kitchen, we don’t offer adult classes.

Why a three-hour class?

In order to provide a ‘from scratch to consumption’ experience, three hours is necessary. From learning safe hand washing, to learning about the kitchen, reading the recipe, collecting ingredients, prepping and cooking, cleaning up, setting a table and enjoying the ‘fruits of their labour’, three hours goes by fast!

Does LKA offer camps or special programs during the year?

We offer weekly Summer, Winter, and Spring Sessions as the school calendars allow. Weekly sessions give us time for more complex recipes that we can build on day by day.

During the Summer, children can be registered for a week-long, 3 hour class Monday through Friday where we celebrate the produce in season.  How many ways can we use tomatoes?

Winter Session allows for us to consider the time of year and make edible gifts and snacks to share with family and friends.

Spring Session reminds us about the nutrient-dense foods all around us!  And how we need to fuel our bodies for the last term of school before SUMMER!!

Is there a Little Kitchen Academy near me?

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Our Policies, Consent, Release, and Waiver

Little Kitchen Academy Consent, Release and Waiver

As valid consideration for: (i) entry into the premises of any Little Kitchen Academy location (the “Premises”) by me and/or my minor child; (ii) participation by me and/or my minor child in activities and classes offered on the Premises (“Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services”); and (iii) my and/or my minor child’s use of the supplies, ingredients and equipment located on the Premises and other services offered, I agree as follows on behalf of myself and my minor child:

  1. Assumption of Risk: I understand that the Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services may involve risks of injury and illness including but not limited to cuts, falls, burns, allergic reactions and other risks associated with preparing and consuming food. I am fully aware of the risks and on behalf of myself and my minor child I assume the risks and hazards incident to such participation. I understand that I am responsible for determining and disclosing whether I and/or my minor child has any food allergies (as applicable). I understand that Little Kitchen Academy Ltd., its affiliates, and franchisees and any of their owners, employees, or contractors (collectively “LKA”) assume no duty to me or my minor child regarding the medical ability to participate in any Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services. All known food allergies will be disposed prior to commencement of Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services. There may also be other risks not known or reasonably foreseen at this time. I agree to assume the full risk of any injuries or associated damages or loss which I and/or my minor child may sustain in participating in the Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services. I agree that I will not and that I will instruct my minor child not to utilize any equipment on the Premises unless and until proper use of the equipment has been explained and is understood. I understand that such equipment must be operated in strict accordance with instructions. In the event of any emergency, I authorize LKA to secure from any licensed hospital, physician, and/or medical personnel any treatment deemed necessary for my or minor child’s immediate care and agree that I will be responsible for the payment of any and all medical services rendered.
  2. Release of Liability: I, for myself, my spouse, my minor child, and on behalf of any of our heirs, executors and administrators, forever release and discharge Little Kitchen Academy, Ltd., its affiliates, franchisees and any of their employees, contractors, past, present and future directors, principals, owners, subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, agents, and officers, collectively (the “Released Parties”), of and from any and all liabilities, claims, demands and causes of actions (including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs) based upon personal injuries or illness (including death), damages or loss to me and/or my minor child, as well as property damage (i) arising out of or relating to participation, whether passively or actively in any Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services or other activities on the Premises, including but not limited to use of any equipment; or (ii) occurring on the Premises, including but not limited to my and/or my minor child’s use of any restroom area, common area, associated sidewalks and parking areas. I agree not to bring any suits, claims, causes of action, demands or legal actions against the Released Parties. The release contained herein will be construed to apply to the greatest extent permitted by law and, if permitted by law, will apply even if any such injury or damage is caused in whole or in part by the Released Parties’ own negligence or the negligence or willful conduct of any other patron who is on the Premises or who is participating in any of the Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services. I, for myself, my spouse, my minor child and on behalf of our heirs, executors and administrators, agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties, against all actions, claims, demands, judgments, executions, debts, costs of litigation and attorney fees of every kind and nature whatsoever, which may in any way arise out of or result from my and/or minor child’s acts or omission on the Premises. The indemnity contained in this paragraph will apply even if any such injury or damage is caused, in part, by the Released Parties’ own negligence.
  3. Photography & Videography: I understand that by participating in any Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services I am allowing myself and/or my minor child to be filmed and photographed for marketing purposes. Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services may be filmed or photographed without prior notice and used for promotional purposes on the website, social media, print or television ads, in the kitchen, and anywhere else necessary. I agree that no compensation will be given for the use of this media. If I do not wish photographs or videos of myself and/or my child to be taken, I will notify LKA in writing prior to the commencement of the Self-Improvement/Instructional Cooking Services.
  4. Fees, Tuition, & Payment Policy: Applicable program tuition & fees must be paid in full immediately following the completion of this registration form. Payments can be via the Parent Portal accessible from our Website. Payments can be made online only by Visa or Mastercard. Instructors do not have the ability to accept tuition payments on-site. Instructors do not have the ability to accept cash or personal checks.
  5. Cancellation Policy: Little Kitchen Academy reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment up to two weeks prior to the program’s scheduled start date. Families will be notified of cancellation via email. Students from cancelled classes may be transferred to another class free of charge. No refund or make up is eligible for students who miss class.
  6. Illness & Removal Policy: Little Kitchen Academy reserves the right to temporarily deny any child admittance to the kitchen for reasons of obvious illness, or to request early departure should symptoms become apparent during the course of the class. Any child who seems unable to participate in our program for any reason will be sent home. This is to ensure the continued good health of everyone at the kitchen. We realize that most of you are working parents and we do try to accommodate you as much as possible. However, for the health and well-being of the children in our care and our staff we feel it is vital to maintain a strict wellness policy. We ask for parents to assist by keeping sick children at home. It is up to our discretion when your child may return to the kitchen. Additionally, fostering a safe learning environment for your child is our number one priority. Therefore, LKA reserves the right to remove any student who fails to comply with its rules and regulations, or who engages in any unsafe activity. No refund or makeup will be given; however, the student will be allowed to attend the next class given that the student has corrected the behavior and will not be a disruption to their fellow students or instructor.
  7. Age, Attendance, Parent Pick-up, Language, Medical, Learning Needs: Students enrolled in sessions must be the ages of the specific class by session start date unless otherwise admitted by the instructor. LKA reserves the right to withdraw students who have been registered in an incorrect age category. Depending on availability, your child may be placed in a similar session within the appropriate age group. Every child who attends a class at LKA must be registered online. Instructors do not have the ability to register students on-site. LKA is not responsible for students before or after class time. Repeated lateness may lead to discharge from the class with no refund. Classes begin and end promptly at the posted session times. Please ensure your child is on time to prevent disruptions to the other students. For safety reasons, all students must have a comprehensive understanding of the English language before attending classes.
  8. Withdrawals & Transfers: All requests for program withdrawals or transfers must be made in writing prior to the session start date. Little Kitchen Academy does not offer refunds for withdrawals or transfers, however, LKA will happily issue afull credit towards a new session to be used at a future date if the withdrawal or transfer request takes place at least 10 days prior to the session start date. If the request takes place within 10 days of session start date, 50% credit will be issued to be used at a future date. Once the session has begun, no credits or transfers will be issued or allowed. Transfers are dependent on class availability.
  9. I, the undersigned, have thoroughly read this Consent, Release, and Waiver and I understand that I am giving up substantial rights on behalf of myself and/or my minor child by signing it. I understand that I have the right to have an attorney of my choosing review and advise me as to the terms and conditions of this Consent, Release, and Waiver. I am signing this Consent, Release, and Waiver knowingly, voluntarily and without any inducement. This Consent, Release, and Waiver replaces all earlier versions and constitutes the entire and exclusive agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereto and supersedes any oral or other written understanding. However, any booking agreement and any other non-conflicting documents executed contemporaneously with this Consent, Release and Waiver are to be read in conjunction with this document and are not superseded by this document. This Consent, Release and Waiver may only be modified in writing by the parties.

Interested in owning your own Little Kitchen Academy?

If you are interested in our development plans or interested in owning your own Little Kitchen Academy or developing a market, e-mail us at info@littlekitchenacademy.com

Does the curriculum/recipes being made change?

Not to worry! We make something different every class. Our recipes generally follow the season- we want to take advantage of what Mother Nature is (not so subtly) telling us to eat. One of our goals at LKA is to inspire our students to eat locally and seasonally. Organizing our curriculum this way, it allows us to create something different all the time. There may be times that we make elements of the same thing (ie: we may make from scratch tortillas one class to turn into tortilla chips, and another time make tortillas to use as a wrap). And because our classes are child led, and our students have their own ‘little kitchens’ they are able to make individual choices to suit their tastes or diet requirements. We find the children really enjoy trying each type of oil we have before deciding on one specific one, and then trying all the different vinegars, sweeteners, etc. This way, we can encourage risk taking and really exploring the tastes they are discovering. It is magic.

As to the age- each age group in one day will make the same thing- we just add or take away elements of difficulty. For example, as I type this, I am listening to our 9-12 year old class making caesar salads. This is the same recipe our 3-5 year old class made earlier today. The difference is that the older class will use knives (and very firm knife skills) to cut the romaine, where the little ones tore the leaves. The older ones will make parmesan crisps to elevate the plating, and the little ones simply grated the cheese. Our instructors are well trained keen observers and are able to challenge or simplify any step along the way- really to keep the work challenging but attainable.