Child Development Center Food Services Aide

Recruitment #19-4524-001


IMPORTANT: The first part of the selection process is a written test, which has been scheduled on 8/24/19 (Saturday).


Prepares and serves a variety of simple nutritious meals and snacks for children at a Child Development Center and maintains kitchen and serving areas in a clean and sanitary condition.

Typical Duties

Prepares and serves simple breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and drinks such as oatmeal, cereal, waffles, pancakes, muffins, sandwiches, pasta, frozen entrees, meat dishes, vegetables, fruits, milk, and juices in accordance with established menu, recipes, and portion requirements.

Operates conventional kitchen appliances such as a stove, oven, microwave, toaster, mixer, food processor, and blender.

Prepares, handles, and stores food in accordance with established health and safety regulations and practices.

Washes, cleans, and stores kitchen equipment, dishes, utensils, and related items.

Prepares monthly meal menus in accordance with established requirements and assists in the monitoring and reduction of food waste.

Maintains kitchen appliances and work and serving areas in a clean and sanitary manner in accordance with established health and safety regulations and practices.

Receives, labels, and stores food and supplies according to established standards; assists in taking inventory.

Tracks number of meals served.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Child Development Center Food Services Aide prepares and serves a variety of simple nutritious meals and snacks for children in a Child Development Center and maintains kitchen and serving areas in a clean sanitary condition.


Immediate supervision is received from a Child Development Center Director. Functional supervision may be received from higher level Child Development Center staff. No supervision is exercised.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:


Proper methods of preparing, heating, and serving simple food items that are fresh, canned, dry, and/or frozen


Use and care of conventional kitchen appliances and equipment and utensils


Proper methods of food storage and handling


Basic health and safety regulations regarding food preparation and handling


Cleaning and sanitation methods and techniques


Fundamentals of menu planning


Ability to:


Prepare, heat, and serve a variety of simple food items


Operate conventional kitchen appliances and equipment safely and effectively


Follow applicable health and sanitation requirements


Work effectively and cooperatively with children and staff


Understand and follow written and oral instructions


Do simple arithmetic


Maintain simple records


Learn basic nutrition guidelines related to a child care center

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:


Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND six months of recent full-time paid experience with food preparation in large quantities and the operation of conventional kitchen equipment and appliances. Experience in a child care environment is desirable.


Physical Requirements:


Ability to stand for long periods of time.


Ability to be exposed to heat.


Ability to lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds.




Some positions may require a valid Food Protection Manager Certificate issued by an American National Standards Institute-accredited organization..


  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • New employees receive 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District. Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


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