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Nursery Cover Chef

London Early Years Foundation
Fulham, South West London
Up to 28211 UKP per hour
Closing date
22 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Kitchen Staff

Job Details

Work in a friendly kitchen and enjoy working with children every day.

"When I arrive at the nursery in the morning, the children's faces light up." - Conchobar, Senior Chef

We're the London Early Years Foundation, or LEYF Nurseries for short; a family of 40 nurseries. Our people love working for us because we focus on the child and their family, and give them the best start in life.

We give you strong in-house training at our Chef Academy. You'll work sociable hours in a friendly environment, and you'll love interacting with the children in your nursery.

What's in it for you?

"It's not just a kitchen job; you get to engage with the children a lot." - Bruno, Chef

  • An extra £1,000 uplift in your salary (for 40-hour week qualified chefs) when you complete our inhouse Early Years Chef Academy
  • You work sociable hours - no evenings or weekends
  • Generous pension at 7% from us (1% from you)
  • 70% discount on childcare fees
  • Up to 35 days off a year, including 8 bank holidays, 3 days off between Christmas and New Year, and your birthday (pro-rated for part-time hours)
  • Lots of training, promotions and nurturing work environment
  • Sector-leading parental leave
  • Many other benefits that take care of you, including access to the Headspace app, shopping discounts, annual conference and money for team celebrations

A bit about the role

"It's a different working environment - a lot friendlier and calmer." - Conor, Senior Chef

This role is a cover chef position, that will require you to work at various nurseries assisting them with the catering of the children. For the first 6 months, you will be at Wandsworth Bridge Nursery for 3 days (Tuesday – Thursday) and 2 days at our other nurseries needing assistance.

You'll help prepare nutritious meals for children and feel real job satisfaction from promoting healthy eating habits for life. Children love the cooking and food-related activities run by our Chefs.

You'll enjoy working with the wider nursery team but also get ownership of the kitchen and suppliers, ensuring a healthy environment and keeping children with allergies safe. You'll be part of the LEYF chef community contributing across our settings, sharing ideas and recipes.

You will need:

  • The right to work in the UK
  • A positive attitude and excited to work with children
  • Food Hygiene Level 2 or equivalent, or be willing to do the course in the first week of work (paid for by LEYF)

About the nursery

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Wandsworth Bridge Nursery and Pre-School provides Early Years education and care to children from birth to 5 years old.

You can find us in Fulham, not far from Wandsworth Town station. We’re a spacious, modern setting, with a garden for all-weather outdoor activities.

Our children enjoy lots of activities from science experiments to cooking, gardening, construction, caring for the nursery pets, messy play and more. They love to venture out into the local community too, with visits to the shops, library and care home.

Apply now

Contact us today, our friendly recruiters are waiting to hear from you.


At LEYF, we are more than just a nursery. We are making a difference every day to the lives of children in areas of London where there is limited access to high-quality early years education for local children, especially those living in poverty.

With a network of 39 nurseries across London, we are one of the largest providers of funded places for two-year-olds in London, and over 50% of those nurseries are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. As a social enterprise, our profits are invested back into our organisation so that we can continue to provide this high-quality education for all children and their families.

If you want to work somewhere with real purpose and heart, LEYF has a role for you. Whilst you are working to support our children, we make sure to support you too. You’ll benefit from:

  • Award-winning training and development
  • 26 days annual leave + 8 paid training days each year
  • Extensive benefits (including 70% of childcare fees and your birthday off)
  • Flexible working options
  • Money to celebrate Ofsted inspections as a team
  • Sector-leading parental leave pay (50% of your salary)

We want you want to be part of our supportive team that makes a difference every day and gives every child the best start in life, apply for one of our roles today and see find opportunities to grow with us in your new career journey.

Company info
020 7592 3620
121 Marsham Street
United Kingdom

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