Childcare Cook Training Program

Become a Childcare Cook

Have you thought about cooking for children in child care? There is a strong demand for cooks who understand and can meet the nutritional and individual needs of children. MCIE is a forerunner in the industry providing specialist training to prepare qualified chefs to cook for children in the care of regulated early childhood education and care services.

This course is for inspiring and motivated Cooks who would like to us their culinary flair to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of children and work in kitchens of early learning educational and childcare settings.


  • Completed a minimum of SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Food Handlers Certificate
  • Valid WWC – Working With Children Check
  • Police Check Child Protection Certificate

Job roles & expectations

  • Desire and passion to work with children
  • Committed to the health of children
  • Understand children’s nutritional and cultural needs
  • Prepare nutritional and healthy food in accordance to workplace requirements
  • Plan and cater for all allergies and dietary requirements
  • Ensure presentation of food is appealing and exciting for children
  • Interact with children in a positive and warm way about their food
  • A positive team player who is happy to regularly engage with children, staff, and families
  • Flexibility to work in shifts including early morning hours
  • Adhere to all policies about hygiene and cleanliness in the kitchen and other workplace areas

Childcare Cook Training Program

Introduction to Childcare learning environments

Expectation from a cook in a Childcare Centre

Policies and procedures related to food in a childcare setting

Develop skills to plan and serve a nutritious, well balanced menu which is appealing and exciting for children

Knowledge and skills to cater to dietary requirements and allergies

Food safety plan documentation and maintenance requirements

Hands on practical training in MCIE training kitchen

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    Melbourne City Institute of Education

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