What kind of support do we receive to help make our B2B program successful?

Support for schools as part of the program includes a facilitator training session, university support contact, online discussion board, resources and material.

Do I need a kitchen to run the program?

No.  Access to an equipped kitchen will be advantageous but is not essential.  You can create an effective ‘kitchen’ by considering the following aspects:

Space: you will need bench space for each child to work from. A high table will be an appropriate standing height for a child. Also ensure that your space is free from clutter and any slip/trip hazards.

Electric cooking equipment: If you don’t have access to a kitchen with a stove in it a useful alternative could include: electric woks, electric fry pans, portable electric hotplates, bench topovens with electric hotplates , bench top combination grill/ovens.

Water:  You will need access running water. I fhot running water is not available an electric urn or kettle can be used to heat water for cooking/washing and cleaning purposes.

Storage: you will require a refrigerator facility to store cool items, this should be near to the cooking area in order to keep cold foods cold up until it is time to cook with them. A large plastic box will be suitable for keeping equipment in if storage is limited. You will need to consider locked storage for sharp utensils.

How much will it cost?

Resources and training are provided free of charge from the University of Newcastle.  There may be some initial cost associated with setting up your kitchen space. It is estimated that the cost of ingredients to prepare food for each of the five sessions will cost approximately $200 for a group of 12 students.

For our pilot program funds were able to be accessed from the Priority Schools Funding Program. If you do not have access to such funds, you may like to approach local community organisations/business for financial support/donations. Alternatively it may be feasible for you to collect a small fee from families attending the program.

Who can run the program?

Anyone involved in your school community.  Teachers, teachers aid, canteen staff, parents, members of the P&C committee.  At least one representative  must attend a facilitator training session at the University of Newcastle before Back to Bacis can be run in your school.

How many people are required to run a session?

We would recommend at least two adults for a group of 10-12 students.

How do I avoid children dropping out of the program?

If retention to your program is an issue you may like to address this by asking the children to choose which recipe from the cookbook they would like to include in the next session. If the children like the food they are cooking they will be more likely to come back to the next seesion.

How do I encourage parents to participate in the parent’s session?

Remember that every group will function differently depending on group dynamics. It may be useful to have an area that is separate from the cooking area to present the parents information topic. This will avoid the problem of parents being distracted by the cooking session. (Encourage the parents that they will have the opportunity to share the meal cooked by the children once the parents session is complete.

If you have any further FAQ’s please contact us at b2b@newcastle.edu.au



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About this site…

Food habits that are formed during childhood have a big influence on health outcomes on adulthood.

The Back to Basics program helps to expose young children to healthy food to improve their health both now and in the future.

The development of this program has been made possible by the support of:


Medibank Community Fund

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation


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