Early Childhood Cook


Role Overview

Only About Children

The Only About Children Nutrition program includes a 4 week rotating seasonal menu that meets children’s needs, taking into account nutritional and energy requirements as well as cultural and health needs. Each Oac campus has their own cook who works in a modern on-site, state of the art kitchen, to freshly prepare all of the children’s delicious meals. At Only About Children, we serve 5 meals each day including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.

We are seeking applications from passionate childcare cooks to join us and deliver innovative practices in our campus located in the East of Melbourne. We have parking available for staff and are close-by to public transport options. 

You will be catering for up to 109 children per day and be greeted by children and their families every morning. 

About Your Role

  • Prepare meals as per the Oac Nutrition Menus
  • Plan and cater for all allergies and dietary requirements 
  • Interact with children in a positive and warm way about their food
  • Ensure presentation of food is appealing and exciting for children
  • Adhere to all policies about hygiene and cleanliness in the kitchen
  • Ensure the kitchen and appliances are well looked after at all times


  • We promote a positive work life balance 
  • $1,000 sign on bonus for all new team members 
  • An additional day of Wellbeing leave each year
  • Opportunities to engage with children in cooking activities 
  • Pre-planned meals created by our nutritionist/dietitian 
  • Regular social events and yearly Oac Awards nights
  • Chef jacket provided

What You Will Need to Have

It’s important that our cook is passionate about providing children with fresh and healthy meals to support their overall holistic development. On top of this, we will need you to have:

  • Experience working in a childcare centre 
  • Valid Working With Children Check
  • Food Safety Supervisor certification (required)
  • Experience with managing allergies and dietary requirements 
  • A positive team player who is happy to regularly engage with children, staff, and families

At Only About Children we have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and want you to bring your whole self to work. We welcome and encourage applications from all members of the community, particularly those who identify as Australian Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander.
Please visit us at www.oac.edu.au or call Aimee on 03 9108 7185 for a confidential discussion. 

Sounds like the role for you?

We'd love to hear from you, apply now and take the next step in your career!