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Chef/Cook | Altona North

Full-time Permanent
Altona North, VIC

Job no: 511088
Categories: Chef/Cook/Kitchen Hand
Posted: 18th May 2022

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 Altona North 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)


The Centre

Altona North is our 186-place centre with a range of resource-rich environments, including mud pits, wobbly bridge, a boat and age-specific ateliers. Located on Millers Road, the centre has parking and easy access to public transport. The light-filled and spacious centre also has access to a school hall, which we utilise as a third kinder room, light atelier and has space for our holiday care program. With a strong sustainability program, the centre boasts multiple herb and vegetable gardens, worm farms and compost bins. We are proud to have a diverse team of Educators and celebrate a variety of cultures and holidays, including our end of year concert, which brings in over 500 guests. 


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.


Apply now

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



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