Sandfield Park Day Nursery - Apprentice Chef

Salary: National Minimum Apprentice Wage - £3:50 Per Hour
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 14-Nov-2017

Employer: Sandfield Park Day Nursery

Vacancy Location: Sandfield House North Drive, West Derby, Liverpool. L12 1LG

Vacancy Title: Apprentice Chef

Number of Vacancies: 1

Working Week: Minimum of 30 Hours Per Week

Wage: National Minimum Apprentice Wage - £3:50 Per Hour


Vacancy Description   

We are looking to recruit an apprentice chef to assist the head chef in a calm and organised nursery kitchen.

You’ll be responsible for serving meals and snacks to all the children in our Nursery. Working in a kitchen that’s rated 5* for hygiene, you’ll maintain our high standards of hygiene and cleanliness, complying with all the necessary food preparation and storage procedures to keep a clean and well-functioning kitchen. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with the children, involving them in cookery based activities.

You will gain great experience here whilst also attending The City of Liverpool College as part of an apprenticeship programme.

We use locally sourced, fresh ingredients and the main duties and responsibilities for our apprentice commis chef are:

  • Maintain health, hygiene and safety when storing and preparing food

  • Prepare basic vegetable dishes

  • Prepare basic meat and poultry dishes

  • Prepare pasta dishes

  • Prepare basic soups

  • Prepare basic fish dishes

  • Prepare different desserts

  • Set up and close kitchen

  • Take directions and guidance from supervisors and managers.

  • Help set up and close down the kitchens

  • Record Keeping – ‘Safer Food, Better Business’

Employer Description

Sandfield Park Private Day Nursery is a purpose built building, ideally situated in half an acre of well-maintained landscaped gardens in a quiet corner of Sandfield Park in West Derby.

It provides a stimulating, safe, child centred environment, ideal for your children to be nurtured in their formative years. The personal, social, emotional and intellectual development of each child is of utmost importance to us. Our highly trained, dedicated and caring staff, adopt an attitude of welcoming friendliness.

We are an Accredited Nursery, and are happy to accept Nursery and Child Care Vouchers.

We have a delightful, well-equipped baby unit for the under 2’s with a separate Milk Kitchen and Baby Changing Unit. 1-2 year olds are able to explore and experience colours shapes and texture in our toddler room with painting, water play and sand play, and many more creative experiences preparing them for the main room.

There is a spacious, bright and airy, naturally lit main room for children aged 2–5. In this age group, emphasis is given to learning through play, where the children are cared for in a stimulating environment, with opportunities to develop many social and personal skills. The children can enjoy a varied and interesting day with the many facilities we have on offer. In our education area our curriculum follows the foundation stages and we work to Ofsted National Standards, this includes a Library and Computer area. There is also a Craft Area which incorporates wet-play, sand-play and Design and also a Home Corner, where role-playing, and dressing up is encouraged, there is also a quite corner and sleeping area with facilities.

Meal times consist of a well-balanced, healthy diet, our menus have been devised by a nutritionist, and all tastes and preferences are catered for. Our kitchen, which incorporates all the latest equipment has been built and designed to the highest commercial standards, for hygienic food preparation.

Safety is a priority to us at Sandfield Park Day Nursery, which is a fully secured site, incorporating electronically locked gates and C.C.T.V’s on all the external entry and exit doors. Parents and visitors have to go through two separate electronic entry systems before they gain entry to our reception area. Everyone who enters the site is carefully monitored. Of course, we stringently comply with the local authority fire regulations.

If you choose Sandfield Park Day Nursery you can be assured that you will be giving your child the best possible start in life, which will eventually lead them successfully on their way to formal education.

Skills Required

  • Able to work in a food preparation environment
  • Able to take direction
  • Likes working with children


Personal Qualities   

At The Dovedale, we are all very passionate about food and service.  In addition to your drive and passion, we are looking for someone with:

  • Confidence in ability to succeed
  • Flexible
  • Commitment to the role
  • Willing to learn (in work and College)
  • Patience


Qualifications Required  

Ideally a Level 1 catering/hospitality qualification and a minimum of Entry Level 3 in Maths and English but a real passion and interest in cooking is the key to this role.


Training to be Provided

NVQ Level 2 or equivalent in Hospitality Services (Food Preparation) – one day per week at Duke Street site in Liverpool city centre plus Functional Skills in English and Maths if required.


Expected Duration

18 Months


Future Prospects   

The prospect of a full-time role is here on successful completion of your apprenticeship programme.


Working Week

Minimum 30 hours per week

Between the hours of:

8:30am – 4:30pm – Monday- Friday

You will also be expected to attend college 1 day per week


Important Information to be Considered:

Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded by the Government for non-levy paying employers. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.

If you wish you apply for this vacancy please send you CV via email, stating the role you would like to be considered for, to  and answer tyhe following question:

1. What's your favourite dish and why?

2. What would you cook for a group of children aged 6 months to 5 years? Please describe why you have chosen the dish.

Course Bundle Lookup

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