Kitchen Assistant

Reports to

Early Years Chef / Early Years Manager / Catering Support Manager

Our mission

To provide exceptional early years care in a safe, nurturing and fulfilling environment whilst inspiring children to unlock their full potential through key skills and values which will establish them as gifted citizens of the world.

Our vision

To be a nursery where teaching is fun, and learning is easy.

Our values

We are caring

We are kind, gentle, calm, and welcoming. We respect the children, each other, and our environment. We teach the children and are ready to listen and learn from them. We build trusting, supportive, and non-discriminatory relationships in the best interests of the child. We have sensitive, responsive, and expressive interactions between practitioner and children. We celebrate each child’s unique perspective and take children seriously as active and competent members of society.

We are energetic

We play, learn, and laugh together, spending time outdoors and encouraging children to be active, confident, and joyful participants. We provide experiences which inspire creativity and nurture curiosity, enabling children to be independent, resilient, and successful. We grow, eat, and cook together, building skills for a healthy future.

We are innovative

We uphold traditional theories and pedagogies, but constantly review, research, and reflect. We listen to ideas and are ready to embrace them. We are proud to be leaders in progressive childcare.

Your duties

Daily duties

  • To be aware of special diets / allergies
  • To prepare, cook and present food to the standard required by Snapdragons, with the guidance of the Early Years Chef
  • Maintain personal hygiene in the kitchen
  • Wear clean, appropriate uniform at all times
  • To assist in putting deliveries away
  • To carry out cleaning duties, as per cleaning rota, this will include washing up
  • To follow the company “Healthy Eating” policy
  • To understand the company “Safer Food Better Business” paperwork
  • To follow “Food for Life Served Here” standards
  • Promote healthy eating
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of all information received
  • To carry out any other duties as requested by the Early Years Chef / Manager / Deputy / Catering Support Manager
  • To assist the Early Years Chef with food orders and developing new food ideas
  • Attend company events, including staff meeting if required
  • If deemed competent and willing, manage the kitchen in the absence of the Early Years Chef

What you need


  • Enhanced DBS
  • Aged 16 or over
  • Ability to engage with colleagues and parents
  • A willingness to undertake relevant further training as and when required
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to engage and interact positively with children
  • Able to follow instructions and work using own initiative as necessary
  • Reliable, responsible, trustworthy and motivated
  • Commitment to safeguarding children at all times


  • Level 2 in Hospitality & Catering (or equivalent)
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Allergen Training
  • Previous employment within a childcare setting / care setting catering for vulnerable people
  • Paediatric First Aid Training (12 hours)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (1 Day)
  • Foundation Safeguarding Awareness Training