Job description


Kitchen Assistant (11804)

  • Salary:
    £23,860.64 per annum
  • Directorate:
    Developments Spring
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Part Time
  • Closing Date:
    16 April 2024
  • Number of Roles:

Role: Ref 11804 - Kitchen Assistant

Location: Sandwich, Kent

Salary: £23,860.64 per annum (pro-rata)

Contract/Hours: Permanent Part Time - 30 hours per week 

Closing date: Midnight on 16th April 2024

Benefits: Annual leave of 25 days plus public holidays, gain professional qualifications with excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity/adoption/paternity packages, a pension with a up to a 7% employer contribution rate (plus, if you pay in to the pension you will receive life assurance cover), staff discount portal with your favourite brands, Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 discounts from national retailers. For more information check out our career's portal. 

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Spring. Spare us five minutes, and we'll tell you what you need to know…


Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

We are looking for a Kitchen Assistant who is passionate about the importance of nutrition in an early years setting, being part of the nursery team, you will adhere to our healthy eating menus, assisting the Chef to plan, order and prepare meals for children ensuring that hygiene standards are adhered to.

How you'll help to create brighter futures:

  • Planning healthy meals, that are nutritious, varied and tasty, taking into account the children's dietary and cultural requirements.
  • Taking full responsibility for compliance with all relevant food hygiene and Health & Safety requirements.
  • Ensuring that all stock is order and replenished as needed, that food is correctly stored in line with guidance and that stock is rotated and all equipment is kept clean and in good repair.
  • Keeping waste to a minimum, ensuring our impact on the environment is as minimal as it can be, and costs are kept low.
  • Always following latest legislation in relation to food and food hygiene and taking part in all necessary and required training as needed.
  • Taking responsibility for the kitchen being kept clean including dishwashing duties daily after every meal/snack time.

Let's talk about you:

In the role of Kitchen Assistant, we're ideally looking for someone who has:

  • A Basic food hygiene certificate.
  • A passion for cooking and creating healthy balanced meals.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Experience in a similar role working in a catering environment would be advantageous.

Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you.

We work together to reach our mission to give children a healthy start in life.

Good luck! We can't wait to hear from you.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

At Spring Oscars we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within the organisation. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups.

Male staff are often under-represented within this sector, and we would like to encourage more male applicants for our roles.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.


Application Process

There are 5 sections for you to complete - Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration – please refer to the JD and Person Specification when applying.

We also want to know what unique qualities you can bring to help us reach our vision for children and families. 

Talent Pool: We're sure you've got what it takes to join our ambitious team. If you're unsuccessful this time around, we'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up that you might be better suited for. But feel free to let us know if you'd rather we didn't do that.


If you need support with your application, please contact our Recruitment Partner Lynn Kelly on

 We'll be happy to give you any support you require.


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As part of our promise and commitment we offer a guaranteed interview and constructive feedback to applicants who identify as care experienced and who meet the minimum criteria for the role.

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