Nursery Chef – Barking Riverside Nursery & Pre-School

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  • Full Time
  • IG11 0FU
  • Barking Riverside Nursery and Pre-School
  • 40 hours per week

Job Details

  • Job Posted: 4 months ago
  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Salary: £20,400- £22,400 per annum
  • Qualification: Food Hygiene Level 2 or equivalent
  • Location: Riverside Campus
    Renwick Road
    IG11 0FU
    Opposite EL1 Riverside Campus Bus stop

Job Description

We are looking for a Nursery Chef for our Barking Riverside Nursery & Pre-School Nursery to work (8-5pm). 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



Job Requirements

  • 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

The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Background checks and an enhanced DBS will be required.

Working at Barking Riverside Nursery and Pre-School

  • Brand new nursery with an exceptional environment
  • Strong experienced manager
  • A chance to grow with a new team

Age Range: Birth-5 years
OFSTED Rating: Awaiting Report

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Staff Benefits

We know it's our team that makes LEYF great. When you join us as a permanent member of staff, you will enjoy many benefits:

• Pay competitive with the sector
• 50% discount on nursery fees (pro-rata)
• 7% pension contribution
• A minimum of 23 days’ annual leave per year (up to 36 days) including 8 Bank Holidays, plus 3 days over Christmas
• Sick pay entitlement (after 6 months’ service)

• Paid overtime
• Refer a friend bonus (up to £550)
• Maternity, paternity & shared parental leave entitlement (after 2 years’ service)
• Up to 5 days' special leave entitlement
• Access to LEYF’s training academy and MY LEYF online learning platform - 8 days’ paid training per year
• 10% GLL gym discount
• Tea and coffee
• MY LEYF modules on meditation, mindfulness and mental wellbeing
• Employee Assistance Programme; support and counselling and advice on financial and legal issues
• Eligibility for a hardship fund grant 

• Season pass loan

• Cycle to work scheme
• Discounts on shopping with Employee Purchase Programme
• Invitations to LEYF social events - Summer Conference, BBQ, Christmas Party, Awards.

Career Progression

At LEYF we aim to promote 50% of our leaders from within and nurture our staff to help them progress in their careers.

Each person who joins the LEYF family will work with their Manager to create a development plan. If you aspire to become a manager or you want to be the best you can be in your role, LEYF, using our coaching and mentoring approach, coupled with our famous LEYF Academy courses, will support your journey.

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Address: Riverside Campus
Renwick Road
IG11 0FU
Opposite EL1 Riverside Campus Bus stop

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