Childcare Cook/Chef

We have a strong commitment to the provision of nutritious, fresh, healthy meals for the children in our service. We encourage our cooking staff to get creative in the kitchen and are open to a range of variety of foods and new tastes for our children. We are looking for someone with a can do attitude who is outgoing and able to engage in conversation with children, families and educators as well as having an open outlook on trying new things whilst in consultation with families and educators.

About the role
The successful candidate will  plan, prepare and cook fresh meals for 57 children daily.

Monday to Friday – varying between 2-5 days
Hours – 8am – 1.00pm

  • Preparing fresh meals at the centre each day
  • Participating in weekly menu planning
  • Catering for and preparing separate meals for children with allergies and additional needs
  • Weekly ordering of ingredients, following up of items that are missing
  • End of shift cleaning and sanitising throughout the Kitchen
  • Liaising with the director, talking about and taking on feedback and guidance about menu plans and preparation of meals
  • Answering phone calls

A successful applicant will possess the following skills & experience:

  • Certificate in Food Handling
  • Certificate in Menu Planning
  • Experience cooking meals for large groups of children in the childcare setting
  • Permanent Resident/ Australian Citizen
By CELA 28 Jun, 2022

Workforce challenges: three member case studies

Our recent Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Survey Pulse Check confirms what we have been hearing anecdotally through member calls and emails, that our workforce is in crisis, and that there are a number of factors exacerbating this. 

To further inform our advocacy, a number of our members have provided detailed information about their individual workforce challenges in order to further shine a light on what needs to be done, and how that changes depending on factors such as service type and location.  

Here we provide a brief summary of three of those case studies. Further details will be provided in an upcoming edition of Broadside. 

By CELA 27 Jun, 2022

What needs to be implemented now to help solve our workforce issues

We are incredibly excited about what recent announcements could mean for the future of our sector and for Australia’s children. However, if we don't start addressing the workforce challenges our sector is facing immediately, we run the risk of failing to meet the policy objectives of the historic early childhood education and care reforms.

“In order to secure the success of these new reforms, it’s vital that retention and recruitment strategies are implemented,” says Michele Carnegie, CELA CEO. “There are many and varied reasons that our workforce is in crisis, and while remuneration is one factor, there needs to be a broad range of strategies applied to start fixing the underlying causes now.” 

Read on to find out what our recent workforce survey revealed about the key issues being faced by our members and the urgent solutions we are advocating.  

By CELA 21 Jun, 2022

New South Wales Government’s historic early childhood education investment

Over the past week, the New South Wales Government has announced a transformational early childhood education and care agenda. This includes funding of over $12 billion to implement a range of initiatives between now and 2030.

CELA CEO Michele Caregie shares more details about the annoucements, how the policy aligns with our advocay, plus our next steps to ensure the community sector can harness these opportunities. 

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