CHILDCARE COOK (Part-time/Casual) (5hours/day)

We are looking for an experienced Childcare Cook to work part-time or casual who is passionate about planning and preparing nutritious, child-friendly meals, and is able to cater for allergies and dietary requirements. 

Duties and Requirements:

  • Prepare and cook morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for children based on a 6-week rotating menu. 
  • General Stocktake
  • Manage food budgets and shopping orders (desirable) 
  • General computer skills (desirable)
  • Knowledge of using Feed Australia (desirable)

To be considered for this position you will require Food Handling certificate and/or Food Safety Supervisor certificate (or be willing to complete this training), First Aid qualifications, and a current Working with Children Check.  

Expressions of Interest:  Covering letter of introduction and resume with contact number of two referees can be emailed to the Centre Directors, Juliette & Angelina Pantaleo at 

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