Cook/Food Coordinator-Coventry

Opened 3 days ago
Closes 10 August 2024
Fixed-term, Part-time
Melbourne Metro

Defence One Tree Childcare- Coventry
Location: Southbank, VIC
Position: Cook/Food Coordinator 
Employment Type: Permanent Part Time 35hrs per week, Monday-Friday.  
Fixed Term: 12.09.2024 – 14.04.2025. This is a maternity leave cover.

This service is in the heart of Southbank, with a tram on your doorstep and parklands across the road. We are a small and cosy centre with only 50 children split across our long day care. We have a kindergarten program, nursery and toddler room. Our opening hours are 7am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.

Are you passionate about providing nutritious meals to support the growth and development of children? We’re seeking a talented Childcare Cook to join our team and take charge of our kitchen operations while infusing creativity into our meal planning and preparation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Menu Creation: Craft weekly menus that not only meet but exceed dietary requirements, catering to the diverse needs of our children.
  • Collaborative Planning: Liaise with the Administration Team for menu approval, ensuring alignment with nutritional guidelines and preferences.
  • Meal Preparation: Prepare appetizing lunches and afternoon snacks for all rooms, maintaining quality and variety.
  • Timely Service: Serve meals punctually and at optimal temperatures to all rooms, ensuring a seamless dining experience.
  • Coordination with Staff: Collaborate with the team to gather accurate meal numbers before food preparation for each meal, ensuring minimal waste and maximum satisfaction.
  • Vendor Relations: Manage weekly food orders efficiently, establishing and nurturing relationships with vendors.
  • Kitchen Maintenance: Uphold impeccable standards in the kitchen and storage areas by monitoring thermometers, checking expiration dates, washing dishes, sanitizing surfaces, and organizing all food-related items.
  • Confidentiality: Respect and safeguard the privacy of information concerning families, children, team members, and administration.
  • Relationship Building: Foster positive relationships and maintain respectful communication with families, children, team members, administration, and the wider community we serve.

Desired Skills: 

  • Culinary Expertise: Proven experience in meal planning and preparation, especially within childcare settings.
  • Organizational Prowess: Ability to manage kitchen logistics, including inventory, orders, and cleanliness, with precision.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills to engage effectively with various stakeholders.
  • Creativity in Cuisine: Bring inventive and creative ideas to meal planning, encouraging healthy and exciting eating experiences for children.

What you’ll receive

  • First day off the floor service induction to help you feel comfortable from day one
  • Professional development tailored to you
  • Rewards for every year you spend at One Tree
  • Free and confidential counselling for you and your immediate family through the One Tree Employee Assistance Program

What you’ll bring

  • Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education desirable however not essential
  • Food Safety Supervisor Certificate
  • Food Handlers Certificate

Join Our Team:
If you’re a culinary enthusiast with a knack for creativity and a passion for nurturing children through nutritious meals, we invite you to be part of our vibrant team. Your role as a Childcare Cook Coordinator and Planning Cover will be pivotal in shaping the culinary experiences that enrich the lives of our young learners.

Showcase your culinary flair and join us in creating a nourishing environment where every meal is a celebration of creativity and healthy living.

How to Apply: Click ‘Apply Now’ and submit your application. We review applications promptly, so submit yours at your earliest convenience for a chance to progress to the next stage. For additional information, contact us at (03) 8311 6210 or visit our website: for more information.