Nursery Chef

LEYF London Early Years Foundation
Dagenham, UK
20 Sep 2019
28 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

  • Job title: Nursery Chef
  • Employment type: Permanent
  • Location: Borough and County: Barking and Dagenham
  • Salary: hourly rate £9.59 - £10.55

    Are you a passionate Chef with experience in an Early Years setting?

    Do you hold a Food Hygiene and Professional Cooking qualifications and looking for an exciting new role?

    About us:

    The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) are the UK's largest childcare social enterprise. As a registered charity, we believe that our 37 nurseries across London have a duty to be a part of and support their local communities, to break down barriers by offering quality childcare to all local families.

    About the job:

    • Total capacity of Nursery: 49 place Nursery

    • Opening Times: 8.00AM -6.00PM

Leys Children Centre is located within walking distance of an underground station and is also in the grounds of a local school. The nursery has some great features that makes it truly unique, such as the two spacious outdoor play areas with all-weather surfaces which enable free-flow play.

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.

About you:
  • 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

What's in it for you:

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

Apply today! Our dedicated recruitment team will be in touch!


The London Early Years (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.

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