Nursery Chef – Mark’s Gate Nursery

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  • Full Time
  • RM6 5LL
  • Marks Gate Nursery and Pre-School
  • 40 hours per week

Job Details

  • Job Posted: 3 weeks ago
  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Salary: £20,404.802 - £23,004.84
  • Qualification: Food Hygiene Level 2 or equivalent
  • Location: Rose Lane
    (off Lawn Farm Grove)
    Chadwell Heath
    RM6 5LL
  • Bus Routes: 62, 296, 362
  • Stations: Chadwell Heath

Job Description

Despite the challenges of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis we are still recruiting for staff in our nurseries. We are only able to conduct telephone interviews at this point in time as we need to follow the Government’s guidelines on social distancing.

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is keen to hear from you and the Recruitment Team will be reviewing all applications. We will then be offering telephone interviews to successful candidates. We can then advise you on the next stage in the recruitment process. Please keep applying.

Our exciting Marks Gate Nursery, located in Barking and Dagenham is a wonderful nursery offering children the chance to imaginatively explore and socially thrive in enabling environments.

We are recruiting an ambitious and passionate Chef to join our team on a full time, permanent basis. Your role will include planning and designing menus as well as preparing nutritionally well-balanced meals for children from 6 months to 5 years of age.

Unlike other chef positions, we do not want you to be hidden away in the kitchen all day, you will be very much involved with the children and will be interacting with them while explaining about healthy eating.

The successful candidate will follow LEYF Policies as well as undertake general housekeeping duties and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

Job Requirements

Food Hygiene level 2 or equivalent

Good hygiene practices

Ability to assess all stages of the food preparation process in accordance with HACCP

Knowledge of children’s dietary requirements

Working effectively as part of a team

Work within the budget and keeping neat and accurate records of purchases and money spent

Experience of Preparing/cooking food in a childcare setting is highly desirable

Working at Marks Gate Nursery and Pre-School

  •  The Nursery consists of a baby, toddler and preschool room
  • Total capacity of Nursery: 52
  • Opening times: 8am – 6pm
  • Safe and varied outdoor garden

Age Range: Birth-5 years
OFSTED Rating: Good

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Staff Benefits

We know it’s our people who make LEYF great. That’s why we value each staff member and offer:

• Make a difference to the children who need it the most
• Pay and conditions above national average within the early years sector
• 50% off of childcare
• £750 refer a friend bonus
• Up to 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and an additional 3 days over the Christmas period
• Full access to LEYF Academy – minimum of 8 days per year training covering mandatory courses and additional professional development designed.
• 10% GLL Gym discount
• 7% employer contribution towards pension
• Guaranteed salary increase after probation
• Overtime pay
• Annual travel loan
• Free life assurance
• Access to our work life support services
• Flexible working
• Access to LEYF social events; New Year’s Awards ceremony, Annual Conference and Summer BBQ

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.


Address: Rose Lane
(off Lawn Farm Grove)
Chadwell Heath

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