We are looking for a Nursery Chef for our Leys Nursery & Pre-School to work 8-5pm Monday-Friday. LEYF is passionate about making sure our children are as safe, fit, and healthy as possible. Critical to this is ensuring children eat delicious and nutritious food every day, and develop healthy eating habits for life. We know that the Nursery Chef is critical to this, so we invest heavily in our nursery chefs and they are integral to the nursery team.
Our Early Years Chef role includes:
Food preparation and kitchen management: Planning and preparing nutritionally well-balanced meals for children at the nursery, always following the LEYF policies and procedures including 'Healthy Eating' and 'Allergy'.
Training and development: Actively participating in LEYF's pioneering Early Years Chef Academy, a CACHE Level 3 endorsed award. This course costs £1000 for externals but is free for LEYF chefs.
Promote healthy eating: Supporting the nursery's approach to healthy eating, including running cooking and food-related activities with children, and, after taking part in our Early Years Chef Academy, supporting staff and parents around healthy child nutrition.
Hygiene, H&S, and compliance: Undertaking general housekeeping duties of the nursery and assisting in maintaining a hygienic, safe and healthy environment.
Teamwork: Contributing to the wider LEYF chef community by sharing ideas for menus, recipes, food-related activities with children.
Safeguarding: Protecting and promoting the safeguarding and welfare of the children
A positive attitude! Excited to work in a nursery preparing healthy and delicious food for children and running food-related activities with them.
Food Hygiene level 2 or equivalent, or be willing to do the course in the first week of work (paid for by LEYF)
Good hygiene practices
Ability to assess all stages of the food preparation process in accordance with HACCP
Knowledge of allergies and children's dietary requirements
Working effectively as part of a team
Work within the budget and keep neat and accurate records of purchases and money spent
Experience of preparing/cooking food in a childcare setting is desirable but not essential
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