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Chef | Carlton

Lemon Tree, Carlton, VIC

Job no: 512581
Categories: Chef/Cook/Kitchen Hand
Posted: 01/01/1970 03:51 PM

Come for the food, stay for the smiles

Would you like to use your skills and experience in planning and preparing delicious food, knowing that you’re supporting young children to learn, grow, and thrive? Working as a Chef at Guardian Lemon Tree puts you at the centre of supporting the care and education of young children. Your food will support how they learn about colour, smell, taste, touch, and experience the wonders of food.

You will be creating menus full of delicious and nutritious snacks and meals for children and their Educators, as well as being part of the learning experience when they help you prepare food, forage from the garden and learn about what they’re eating. It all comes together at mealtimes where children and Teams share food together, enjoying each other’s company and learning how nothing brings people together like great food.

When you join Guardian, you will be contributing to a Team effort to create awesome learning experiences for children in a safe and secure environment. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with Educators and Teachers to make food part of the learning journey and have the satisfaction of seeing how children respond to new and wonderful flavours. In addition, you will have a great place to work, filled with exciting opportunities to grow your career. Our benefits include:

  • Be part of the amazing journey supporting children to be brave, curious, and imaginative in their learning.
  • Lead your ongoing professional development and learning through exceptional coaching, conferences, mentoring, and career advancement opportunities.
  • Use your skills and experience to support children to grow and thrive, and develop a love for food
  • Work in high-quality, well-resourced environments for children and Teams
  • Enjoy a competitive salary and financial benefits, including attractive remuneration packages, generous childcare discounts, recognition and rewards, and an employee referral program
  • Flexible work options.
  • WHEREFIT – 2,000 discounted corporate offers at up to 50% off for gyms, studios, activewear, healthy meals, beauty and more…
  • Guardian Degree program – We can support you by offering paid study, flexible work hours, guardian mentors and reimbursement of course fees, because we want to see you succeed. (Terms & conditions apply)
  • Paid first aid courses and renewals

The Centre

Known within the local community as ‘Lemon Tree’, our recently refurbished centre has plenty of resource-rich environments – including modern resources, natural play structures and a range of age-specific ateliers where our exciting programs come to life. Located on the corner of Grattan and Rathdowne Streets this 60-place centre has easy access to public transport. We are proud to have such a culturally diverse team and celebrate a variety of cultural events and holidays throughout the year. As part of our strong community focus, all age groups participate in regular excursions out into our community, connecting with local businesses and residents alike. 

The Opportunity

  • Develop a seasonal, nutritious menu that respects individual requirements regarding medical conditions, food preferences, and cultural considerations and ensures children’s health and wellbeing
  • Ensure children’s health and wellbeing
  • Building strong relationships with the children, Educators, families and the Centre community
  • Ensure best practice food safety and hygienic standards are always upheld.

To be considered, you will have:

  • Food Safety Supervisor certificate
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or working towards is desirable.
  • An awareness of your personal responsibilities under the current Child Protection Laws
  • Current Working with Children’s Check or state-specific equivalent.

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Be inspired, be inspiring, and introduce us to the Creator in you. Apply now to join Guardian Childcare & Education.


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