Centre Cook | Child Care and Education Centre

  • South Canberra
  • Part-Time
  • Cook

About Communities@Work 

Communities@Work is a social enterprise that applies its 40 years of experience in early childhood education and care to generate a surplus that funds community services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community. 

We deliver quality community services that meet the needs of children, young people, parents, people with a disability and those at risk of hunger, homelessness or abuse. We serve more than 20,000 people each year, with more than 1,000 staff, volunteers and self-employed educators. 

Our services meet the practical needs of our community, making food, clothing, shelter, education and social connection readily available to all, and helping people lead independent and productive lives. We help children learn and engage with the world around them, we enrich the lives of parents, seniors and people with a disability, and we are here to build a resilient and socially inclusive community that cares for the well-being of all. 

About the role 

We currently have an opportunity for a Part Time Centre Cook to join the Communities@Work team on permanent basis. Weekday shifts only, you will prepare nutritional meals for children in one of our Southside Communities@Work friendly education and care service. 


  • Ensure food safety records are completed across the service, submit records and file.
  • Delivery of nutritional meals that support the curriculum, care schedule and routine of the Centre
  • In liaison with the centre manager, be responsible for the food budget and order food within budget, menus and food safety guidelines
  • Communicate effectively with children, their families and colleagues about the provision of meals that support family preferences, allergies, cultural requests and other dietary requirements
  • Be responsible for the regulatory standard relating to food storage, preparation of meals, delivery of meals and maintaining a high standard of personal hygiene and hygiene in the food preparation area
  • Support any special initiative or events as part of play based learning, including composting or gardening 

Skills and Experience

  • Maintain current Working with Vulnerable People' registration
  • Experience in a food preparation
  • General knowledge of a Child Care and Education Centres
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Food safety certificate
  • First Aid certification 


  • An opportunity to 'Do Good' by working for a social enterprise that delivers quality community services
  • Inclusive and culturally diverse workplace
  • Salary Packaging options available.
  • Access to employee child care discounts
  • A range of healthy lifestyle programs and healthy activity reimbursement
  • Be part of a team that values excellence, continuous improvement and  innovation 

How to Apply

 Click APPLY to submit your CV or contact Michelle Napier on 6293 6545 for a confidential discussion.

 Communities@Work encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, mature-aged workers, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for its roles.

Closing date for applications: 12/04/2019

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