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The right candidate will deputise for the nursery chef in their absence, which may require some flexibility in working hours

Footsteps Cannock Nursery are looking for a Nursery Assistant Chef to join their growing team in 2024. In this role you will need to assist the Nursery Chef and prepare and cook lunch and tea for the children within the nursery. Our Assistant Chef will be required to work for 20 hours, 5 days per week, all year round to fit in with the needs of the nursery.

Nursery Assistant Chef roles and responsibilities:

- Washing, peeling and preparing food ingredients.

- Keep the kitchen a clean and safe environment, adhering to internal and external requirements; complete the Kitchen Hygiene Checklist each month, and ensure that the Cleaning Schedule is complete and adhered to, being regularly updated and displayed prominently in the kitchen.

- Unloading fresh supplies and organising the stock room.

- Checking sell-by dates and rotating food stock.

- Ensure the highest levels of cleanliness and hygiene in the nursery and kitchen

- Observing cooking times and correct temperatures.

- Supporting the chef with dishing up meals, requiring an understanding of allergies.

- Loading and unloading dishwasher.

- Helping with light household tasks such as washing and light cleaning.

Nursery Assistant Cheft skills and requirements :

- Able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of managing different dietary requirements around food allergies - essential

- Sound Knowledge of COSHH - essential

- Able to work to a catering budget, in a manner that avoids fluctuating standards of food service - essential

- Experience and qualified to the appropriate level in any role which involves cooking in domestic or commercial property - essential

- Fluent in written and spoken English at GCSE grade C (or equivalent) - essential

- Experienced and passionate about any role that involves cooking for young children - desirable

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. ?A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. This post will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Safeguarding Duty.

Footsteps Cannock Nursery is part of the Family First Group where we take great care to treat everyone as a person, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual, whether they are an adult or a child. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children and families according to their individual needs. Discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin, or political belief has no place within the Family First Group.


Family First benefits include annual leave starting at 24 days on top of a paid birthday day off and bank holidays. On top of this we have discounted nursery fees for all our teams, friends and family, access to a discount/perks platform with exceptional learning & development opportunities tailored to you.

*All perks are pro-rota for part time staff and subject to successful completion of probationary period. These perks may be subject to further conditions and can be withdrawn or reviewed at the discretion of the company.