Child Care Centre Cook

2 weeks

**Please note this is a FULL TIME position**

Position to close October 31st, 2021

The McMaster Students Union Child Care Centre is a service of the McMaster Students Union which provides play-based educational childcare for the McMaster student community as well as the community at large.  The centre is licensed under the Ministry of Education and governed by the Child Care and Early Years Act of 2014.  The program follows the ministry’s statement on programming and pedagogy using the four foundations: Belonging, Well-being, Engagement and Expression found in the document, “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years 2014”

Job Summary:

Planning and preparing creative, nutritious and well-balanced meals and snacks for groups of toddler and pre-school children following Canada’s Food Guide and adhering to Public Health’s Food Handlers Protocols. The position includes, ordering/purchasing all food and kitchen supplies as well as all housekeeping duties related to the kitchen following the Policies and Procedures of the organization.


Job Responsibilities and Duties:

1. Food Planning

Plan menus that are nutritious and appealing to the children that meet the requirements of the Canada’s Food Guide.

2. Food Preparation

Prepare nutritious food safely within food handling guidelines. Prepare alternate options for children with food allergies or intolerances.

3. Food Purchasing

Order/Purchase all food and kitchen supplies to meet the needs of the childcare centre.

4. Housekeeping

Ensuring the kitchen is properly maintained and sanitized using appropriate Health and Safety procedures.

5. Monitoring/Reception

Answers the telephone and takes messages as needed.




1. High School Diploma

2. Current First Aid Certificate, including Infant/Child CPR

3. Food Handlers Course

4. Follow Ministry of Education Covid-19 requirements


1. Courses in Nutrition/Menu planning as well as cooking experience are required.


1. Working knowledge of Canada’s Food Guide

2. Understanding of the Health and Safety Guidelines outlined in the Policies and Procedures of the organization.


Working Conditions:

May be exposure to contagious illness, weather extremes, heat from ovens, high noise levels, physical demands required lifting and standing for long periods.

Essential Duties:

-Lifting and carrying required daily (dishwasher racks, food supplies)


We thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position and advise that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The McMaster Students Union (MSU) is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse staff. The MSU encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and 2SLGBTQIA-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact the Human Resources Generalist by email at Please note that the MSU is an independently incorporated students’ union operating within the McMaster University community; this is not a McMaster University position.


Job Features

Job CategoryOpen
SupervisorChild Care Centre Director
Start dateMid-Late November 2021
HoursFull time Monday - Friday, during the day

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