COVID 19 UPDATE: Avocet House and Turnstone House remain open throughout the Covid 19 epidemic, all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our young people, staff and visitors.  Referrals continue to be accepted and any enquiries should be referred to the Principal, Vicki Collings.

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SES Kite commenced on 4 September 2020 providing a new provision for post 18 year olds.

COOK/HOUSEKEEPER with Specialist Education Services

Salary £19,312 to £20,903 (depending on experience).

37 hours per week with a degree of flexibility.

Avocet House (near Loddon) is a dual-registered children’s home and educational setting run by Specialist Education Services. Our home can accommodate up to 8 children, all with social, emotional and mental health complexities.

We are looking for someone with enthusiasm for working with children to prepare lunch and dinner for approximately 15 people a day from Monday to Friday.  You should have experience of working in a busy catering environment with knowledge of preparing a variety of meals whilst adhering to hygiene standards.  You should also have proven skills in meal planning and budgeting along with the ability to maintain good records.  An awareness of the requirements of working in a residential care setting would be advantageous.

The person we are looking for will have a warm, caring personality and should be sensitive to the needs of our young people.  You should have an even temperament with strength of character and resilience, as the kitchen is usually the hub of activity in our home!

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Appointments are dependent on a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

If you are interested in this position please contact Lucy Watson on 01508 549320, email or go to our contact page to request an application pack.

The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 5 May 2021.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 13 May 2021.

Closing date: 05 May 2021