Nursery Chef

Inspired Learning Group
Herne Hill, London (Greater)
Up to £30,000 depending on experie
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Full Time
Kitchen Staff
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Nursery Chef

Start – August/September 2022

Salary- £27,000 – £30,000

Schedule – Full time, 40 hours, Monday to Friday

We are looking to appoint a Chef to work in our friendly nursery located in Herne Hill.

Our outstanding nursery provides rich, engaging experiences that bring joy to children in their learning, so they are curious to learn even more. At the heart of the nursery is a clear partnership with parents to enhance the outcomes for all children.

Ruskin House Day Nursery based in Lambeth, South London, has a strong family atmosphere and prepares children exceptionally well for their first steps towards primary school. We pride ourselves on keeping our practice reflective and up to date so that we can provide the best opportunities for every child, every day. We also celebrate the diversity of our community, carefully considering and respecting the variety of cultures, backgrounds, and individual needs, and are passionate about the continual provision and child-initiated learning inside and outside.

Our nursery has the benefit of being centrally located with excellent transport links to the local area via public transport and easily accessible by various methods of travel. Within an easy commute of central London and surrounding areas we are able to welcome staff from across London.

As our Chef you will be responsible for the preparation of meals for our children and staff. Facilities are excellent and our Kitchen is the heart of the nursery.

We are looking  for a well-qualified Chef who will has and can complete the following;

  • Estimate food consumption and requisitions or purchases foodstuffs
  • Receive & examines foodstuffs and supplies to make sure quality and quantity meet established standards specifications
  • Select and develops recipes based on type of food to be prepared and applying personal knowledge experience in food preparation
  • Following all guidelines for food hygiene and health and safety
  • Take full responsibility for the cleaning of the kitchen.
  • Working within budget guidelines
  • NVQ Level 2 in Food Preparation.
  • NVQ Level 2 in Food Service; Intermediate Food Hygiene
  • Certificate of completion of any training program in cooking, or vocational school
  • Hold a basic food hygiene certificate

Applicants with the following characteristics are sought:

  • Cooking experience within any food establishment
  • Good understanding of commercial catering operation
  • A good understanding of food hygiene and HACCP
  • Enthusiasm, vision, drive, adaptability, and resilience
  • High personal standards, self-motivated and proactive
  • Suitability to work with children
  • Flexible and maintain a sound sense of humour
  • Commitment to continued personal and professional development

Ruskin House is part of the Inspired Learning Group of schools. Employees will not only be welcomed to the nursery but they will also benefit from

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Annual salary review.
  • Professional Development and Training opportunities with the prospect of career and salary progression as our business grows.
  • Ongoing coaching from the management team.
  • Childcare fee discount.
  • Annual leave inclusive of Bank Holidays with Annual leave increasing with service.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Refer a friend scheme up to £750.
  • Health cash plan covering 10 healthcare benefits and services such as optical, dental, dental accident, chiropody, therapy treatments and health club concession. Access to Doctor line from anywhere in the world.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

We look forward to receiving your application, for an informal discussion please do call Tom on 07706 323847.

Interested candidates should send an application at the earliest possible time. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the date advertised. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis, as applications are received.

Ruskin House Nursery is totally committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, as all new staff will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance, identity checks, qualification checks and employment checks to include an exploration of any gaps within employment, two satisfactory references and registration with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


ILG currently owns and operates 16 schools and nurseries across Greater London. We cherish their particular identities and traditions, actively encouraging them to participate in their local communities. Overall, our staff of over 330 look after over 1,300 pupils, making us one of the largest independent school groups in the UK.   We see this as one extended family, allowing us to share best practice and innovation between schools in order to raise standards of teaching and learning for all our students. Each location has its own history – some of our schools are nearly 100 years old – and we encourage cultural individuality so that new ideas can grow naturally with the best ideas then implemented right across the group. This collaborative spirit is an effective way of ensuring that education practices do not fall behind the times. And it is why we encourage out-of-the-box methods such as Apple teaching and future thinking.   ILG schools may look reassuringly traditional in some ways but our move away from standardisation toward customisation is not just modern but quietly revolutionary. We make the effort to understand the differences between individual children and tailor their teaching at a personal level. This means that all children, no matter their needs, are catered for. Our commitment to parents is that no one child will ever be left behind.

Find Us
020 7127 9862
Inspired Learning Group
First Floor, Old Brewery House,
189 Stanmore Hill

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