Cook/Support Staff, Early Childhood Centre

  • Location: CBU
  • Competition Number: 42
  • Deadline: June 21, 2024 at 11:59 pm

Cape Breton University invites applicants for the role of Cook/Support Staff for the CBU Early Childhood Centre. This is a Full-Time Continuing Role commencing as soon as possible.

The Child Care Centre Cook is responsible for menu planning, compiling a weekly list of groceries and supplies and the daily preparation of nutritious meals and snacks served to the children (ages 2 to 5 years) enrolled in the centre.  The kitchen is to be managed and the work of the Cook is to be conducted in strict compliance with Health Department, Day Care Act and all other applicable legislation. The Cook works in consultation with the Centre Director/Designate to ensure the smooth operation of the kitchen and its coordination with the other programs of the centre.

Some specific duties of this role but not limited to are:

  • Advance planning of lunch menus and snacks in accordance with the Canada Food Guide; posting of menus for parents and staff
  • Conduct housekeeping tasks necessary to maintain the kitchen in an organized, clean, safe and hygienic condition at all times (i.e. fridge, freezer, stove, cupboards and etc.)
  • Deliver and collect lunch/snack trays to/from all on-site programs
  • Complete clean up after each meal (i.e. dishes, countertops, serving carts and etc.)
  • Meets with Health Inspector as required to ensure kitchen and practices are following all health code requirements
  • Purchase all groceries in order to implement the planned menus, in consideration of the Centre’s food budget and in consultation with the Centre Director/ Designate
  • Order all household supplies for the centre (i.e. cups, box tissue, soaps, and etc.)
  • Establish and maintain open communication with staff and parents regarding children’s dietary restrictions, allergies, etc.
  • Assist in the child care programs as required in order to enhance or maintain child-staff ratios
  • Attend staff/program meetings as required
  • Attend professional development and other relevant training opportunities when available, e.g. in order to remain current with respect to Health Department regulations on proper food handling, etc.
  • Assists the Centre Director in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment by promptly reporting any existing and/or potential workplace hazards
  • Weekly Centre cleaning duties agreed upon

Requirements for this role are:

  • A High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Some experience as a cook, preferably in a child care centre setting an asset.
  • Familiarity with planning and implementing menus around the Canada Food Guide and within Day Care guidelines.
  • Must also have the ability to work in a positive and productive manner within a team.
  • The ability to relate well to children, staff and parents is essential.
  • A valid Standard First Aid and Level “C” CPR, Food Handlers Course.
  • Negative criminal records check and Negative Child Abuse Registry Check a must.

Applications for the successful candidate will include:

  • a cover letter describing the expertise of the applicant
  • a complete resume
  • proof of first aid/CPR
  • proof of safe food handlers course
  • A list of least three references.
    • Short listed candidates will be required to submit three reference letters.

Please upload all required documents to Additional Documents if no designated area is listed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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Applications must be received by June 21st 2024


Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1M 1A2