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Nursery Chef – LEYF Nurseries

Reference number: SW-011202
  • Salary: £27,100-£28,200 per
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Employer: London Early Years Foundation
  • Location: SE15 1JB and SW9 8QQ
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Work in a friendly kitchen and enjoy working with children every day 

 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? 

  • 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 

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)

Please forward your cv to Mark at

Date posted: 21/09/2022

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