Cooks Connect

Introducing Cooks Connect, part of a new Healthy Eating Advisory Service initiative, designed to empower Health Promotion Officers in establishing and running a local cooks network. Co-designed and piloted with experienced health promoters, Cooks Connect offers an all-inclusive package to fuel your success and achieve your health promotion goals.

Not sure where to begin? Cooks Connect Toolkit
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What is a cooks network?

A cooks network is a collaborative community of long day care cooks that meet regularly to network, share knowledge and develop their skills in menu planning to align with the Menu planning guidelines for long day care and children’s nutrition-related needs. The network is typically facilitated by Health Promotion Officers (HPOs), bringing together cooks in their local area.

Why start a cooks network?

A cooks network is a great opportunity to build stronger relationships with the long day care centres in your area. By building a network of cooks, you can share information and resources more efficiently, which is a great opportunity to save time and get you closer to meeting your reporting requirements. A network can also help support you in increasing the uptake of healthy eating initiatives across your local community.

Cooks in long day care will also benefit from meeting with their peers, exchanging ideas, recipes and tips. By running a cooks network in your area, the cooks will have the opportunity to access free professional development and build on their skills to meet the nutrition needs of children in their care and create a healthier food environment.

Build a cooks network

Cooks Connect Toolkit
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Invaluable know-how, practical advice and customisable templates you need to...

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Cooks Connect Supporter Kit
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The Cooks Connect Supporter Kit provides key messages, social media...

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Cooks Connect Certificate of Attendance
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Use this editable certificate of attendance to acknowledge cooks who...

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Cooks Connect Participation Survey
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This survey is a great way to collect initial information...

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Cooks Connect Satisfaction Survey
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The satisfaction survey provides example questions to measure cooks’ satisfaction...

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Cooks Connect Professional Development Survey
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This survey helps you measure if the professional development sessions...

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Cooks Connect Evaluation Tool
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This Evaluation Tool allows you to evaluate the impact of...

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Mini Professional Development Session 1
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Mini Professional Development Session 1
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