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Childcare Caterer

Job No: CEN3655
Location: Central Coast NSW


Primary Work Location: Niagara Park NSW 

  • Work school hours in a community focussed childcare centre
  • Use your cooking skills to create delicious meals for children 
  • Permanent Part Time – 22 hours per week, Monday to Friday shift times between 8:30m and 2:00pm 

Central Coast Council is committed to the goals of equal opportunity employment. We aim to provide a work environment for our employees that fosters equity, diversity and respect.

Council is committed to providing safe environments that protect the physical, emotional, cultural and social wellbeing of children on the Central Coast.

Ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour's drive from Newcastle, the Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work. 

Today the Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, with the third largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th Largest LGA in Australia.

As part of Central Coast Council's Child Care team you will put your passion for preparing nutritious food to great use, looking after the development of growing children. You will have the children’s best interests at heart and facilitate respectful relationships both with colleagues and parents as you deliver delicious, varied and nutritious meals and snacks for children aged between 6 weeks and 5 years.

The Caterer position works primarily within school hours, typically between 8.30am and 2.00pm, providing a great opportunity for experienced cooks looking for the flexibility to fit in with family or other commitments. 

This position is required to provide quality customer service and create value for the community.

Council will also be creating an eligibility list from this recruitment process and may utilise this eligibility list to fill other permanent childcare caterer vacancies.

Key activities of this role include:

  • Plan, display, prepare and evaluate fortnightly menus according to nutritional guidelines as recommended by the NSW Health Department for all children in care in consultation with staff and families
  • Provide a diversity of menus to reflect the nutritional, cultural and dietary requirements for all children in care
  • Organise kitchen supplies and delivery for both consumable and durable goods in accordance with the annual/weekly budget under the supervision of the Centre Director
  • Champion and maintain the health, hygiene and safety standards of kitchen utensils and equipment according to statutory regulations.

About you:

  • Ideally holding a Statement of Attainment in Food Handling, you have solid recent experience in a similar role catering for large groups
  • You have a current, valid Working with Children's Check Clearance (or are willing to obtain prior to any formal offer of employment)
  • You want to work for the benefit of children and families in your community
  • You are adaptable and self motivated, bringing a positive and organised approach to your work, and enjoy being part of a lively team environment 
  • Having a work/life balance is important to you

About us:

  • We are a large organisation delivering a wide variety of services to our local community
  • Our 8 childcare centres across the Central Coast are building healthy foundations for future generations
  • You will be joining a team of caring childcare staff who excel at what they do
  • We offer a supportive work environment with opportunities for career development
  • We provide opportunities to collaborate with subject matter experts from a variety of areas across the organisation
  • We offer an attractive range of benefits to our employees. 

Please refer to the position description for detailed information on the position and required skills and experience.

This role provides a commencing salary range of between $27.88 to $33.44 per hour + 11% superannuation. 

Successful candidates will be required to undertake a course of vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus or demonstrate their immunity.

Enquiries: Kylie Payne, Section Manager Education and Care on ph: 0408 229 857.

If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Closing Date:  Applications close at midnight on Sunday 26 May 2024. 


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