The Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood

The Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood

“The program is a working toolbox that is constantly opened and expanded upon in every room, every day.” – Julie Lemmon, Food Education Leader, Clarendon Children’s Centre

Perfect for little hands and curious minds, the Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood is a play-based, hands-on program that promotes a whole-service approach to teaching children about fresh, seasonal, delicious food.  

Adaptable to any early childhood setting and with a ‘start small, dream big’ approach, the Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood encourages children to connect with nature and themselves.

The program also supports implementation of the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) National Quality Standard (NQS), and links pleasurable food education to outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

“Children discover real-life, authentic experiences firsthand, which contributes to lifelong learning in the areas of literacy, language, maths, science and sustainability to name a few.” – Maryanne Blanch, Educational Leader, Californian Gully Kindergarten

Hungry to get started? 


Talk to us to find how easily the Kitchen Garden Program can be integrated into your service – whether starting out big or small.

Contact our Support Team on 13000 SAKGF (13000 72543) or

Download this Program flyer for a snapshot of the Program – and please feel free to share it with your community.

A Kitchen Garden membership equips educators with an adaptable program framework, comprehensive resources, personal guidance and professional development to establish and grow their own unique kitchen garden. The benefits to children are enormous, and the program is a source of community building and social cohesion for services.

Membership options

Kitchen Garden Classroom Member

Kitchen Garden Program Member

  • 12-month membership

  • One-on-one online catch-ups

  • Foundation partner discounts


Total value: $1832

Price: $330

12-month renewal: $165

2-year renewal: $297

Price: $975

12-month renewal: $275



For more information or to talk through program options (and for year-round membership support), contact our Support Team of kitchen garden specialists on 13000 SAKGF (13000 72543) or


With the continued support of the Ian Potter Foundation, the Kitchen Garden Program for Early Childhood has flourished from a 3-year pilot commencing in 2017 to an established and valued program for the sector.