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Centre Cook roles at Goodstart

Are you excited about using your culinary skills to positively influence the nutritional outcomes for Australian children? Do you want to work in a place that invests in you, offering you real flexibility and balance?
Our skilled Centre Cooks are greeted each day by little customers who couldn’t be more excited to see them. They’re organised and creative, planning nutritious meals and snacks to meet each child’s dietary needs. Embedded within a supportive and friendly team, our Centre Cooks are committed to working together for the benefit of children. 


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Why choose a Centre Cook role at Goodstart?

VIEWSupporting you in making a difference
We believe every person should feel supported to be the best they can be. We’ve listened to what our people need, and we’ve worked with them to implement even better conditions and benefits. The result? Empowering environments where your valuable contribution is recognised.

Goodstart is a pretty special organisation. We’re for children and not for profit. And by providing high-quality early learning in a safe and caring environment, our people give children the educational, developmental and wellbeing outcomes they need for school and beyond. It’s all part of our vision for Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life.

What this means for you:
  • You’ll be truly appreciated for your work - not only by your team but also by little customers with big smiles
  • With your creative meal planning and thorough understanding of nutritional needs, you’ll build a career to be proud of in a place that positively impacts children every day



VIEWWorking conditions with you in mind
We recognise the incredible work you do and the difference you make in the lives of children every day. But we also know you value your time outside of the workplace, and that looks different for everyone. Our flexible working conditions are designed to be exactly that: flexible, with no “one-size-fits-all” approach.

What this means for you:
  • We support you with a range of shift options to ensure the best outcomes for you and the children we nurture
  • Generous discounts on childcare, insurance, travel and technology to make life easier whenever we can
  • We offer the option to purchase extra leave for greater work-life balance



VIEWProviding you with security and support
We’re big, but we have a big heart, too. With more than 670 centres across Australia, we offer the security, reassurance and support of a large network - and with that comes job stability. Although we’re a large organisation, we recognise that everyone has individual goals and needs.

What this means for you:
  • You’ll get dedicated support and guidance on a range of topics, such as safety and inclusion, delivered face to face or virtually by our centre support team
  • Paid parental leave because we know family matters



VIEWA safe and welcoming environment
At Goodstart, health, safety and wellbeing are more than just words – they’re who we are and what we do to support you. We provide you with programs and ongoing support, such as live interactive webinars with our national safety and wellbeing team and free 24/7 independent counselling services to ensure you feel safe in your environment.

We’re an equal opportunity employer, and we’re proud of our inclusive and diverse work environment. We want you to be comfortable being yourself, so we support individual growth and strong teams made up of many different cultures and backgrounds.

What this means for you:
  • With our sector-leading safety policies and procedures, you’ll always have peace of mind
  • We have a dedicated national safety team that prioritises your safety and wellness
  • Our Reconciliation Action Plan embeds inclusive practices into our centres to ensure everyone feels welcome



VIEWPersonal development and career opportunities
We offer professional development opportunities throughout the year to keep you up to date with leading-edge early learning practices. We also provide training to help you put inclusive practices in place, so you can support more children from diverse backgrounds or with additional needs. And because we have over 670 centres across Australia, there are plenty of chances to advance your career if you choose.

As an early learning professional, you’ll benefit from a national network of expertise led by our Head of Pedagogy and Practice. Our dedicated interactive online learning hub provides you with focused learning opportunities, so you can upskill and set new benchmarks in early learning practices.

What this means for you:
  • Discover ongoing professional development and opportunities, including secondments to other centres
  • You’ll have access to our live webinars and interactive learning hub, so you can develop your skills in line with your individual goals



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If you’re ready for a career that changes lives in a place that works for you, we’d love to hear from you! View our current vacancies.

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