Nursery Chef – Playhouse Community Nursery

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  • Full Time
  • SE14 6LU
  • Playhouse
  • 40hrs p/w

Job Details

  • Job Posted: 1 week ago
  • Hours: 40hrs p/w
  • Salary: £9.59 – £10.82
  • Qualification: Food Hygiene and Professional cooking
  • Location: The Moonshot Centre,
    London, SE14 6LU
  • Bus Routes: 177, 53, 225

Job Description

Playhouse Community Nursery is looking for a talented Nursery chef with experience in promoting a healthy lifestyle within Early Years. The Nursery is located in the thriving Moonshot Centre in New Cross and has a warm and friendly staff team, utilising fantastic resources and outside spaces for the children.

The Chef will be responsible for the running of the kitchen and would provide excellent nutrition for all our children attending that setting. Our menus are designed to be diverse and enticing, using local produce and growing our own fruit and vegetables wherever possible.

Job Requirements

  • Full and relevant Food Hygiene qualification at level 2 or above.
  • Preferred knowledge of safeguarding, child protection and how this is monitored in a nursery setting.
  • Preferred experience working in a Kitchen based in an early year’s setting
  • To understand and promote a healthy lifestyle for our children
  • To continually strive for best practice in yourself and inspiring others.
  • To have a passion for making a difference in their communities.
  • Being passionate about preparing fresh, balanced, nutritious meals for the babies and children in the nursery.
  • Able to communicate effectively with all nurseries (customers) to ensure correct delivery of meals and snacks the meet the specific needs of children.
  • Good hygiene practice is essential.
  • Allergy Awareness and catering qualification is desirable.
  • A team player with the ability to use own initiative

Working at Playhouse

Number of Rooms: 4 x Group rooms

Total capacity of Nursery: 51 place Nursery

Opening Times: 30AM -6.30PM

Description of outdoor space: Each room leads into separate garden space with play equipment

Friendly and caring staff

Age Range: 3months - 5years
OFSTED Rating: Good


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 childcare costs
• £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
• 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: The Moonshot Centre,
London, SE14 6LU

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