How to apply

When you’ve found a vacancy that’s right for you, click apply and complete our online application form.

It’s quick and easy to apply for a role at the Early Years Alliance. All you’ll need is an up-to-date CV and a cover letter, outlining your interest in the role and how you meet the role’s criteria. Check your details are correct on the application form before clicking submit. If your academic, volunteering or work history are incorrect, you will need to update these details on your profile before submitting your application form.

As part of our commitment to be an inclusive employer and ensure fairness and consistency in selecting the best candidate for this role, the Early Years Alliance will use anonymous CV software as part of the application journey, where the candidate’s personal details are removed.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

We’ll send you an email to let you know your application has arrived safely. If you haven’t received an email from us, check your junk or spam mailbox. If there’s still no email it means we haven’t received your application and you should send it again.

We’ll always let you know whether you’ve been shortlisted or not. We receive a lot of applications, so unfortunately, we’re not able to give individual feedback if you’re not shortlisted.

Still looking for the perfect role? Please register for job alerts so we can send you opportunities that match your skills and experience. By creating a profile on our job site, you’ll be all set to apply when the right vacancy opens.

If you’re having problems applying online, please email [email protected]


If you’ve been shortlisted, we’ll contact you by email or telephone to arrange an interview.

We’ll let you know the format of your interview and whether it will be in person, or over video call.

As part of the process, we may ask you to complete a task, such as an unseen assessment or a presentation.

Many of our interviews and assessments are held virtually. We use Microsoft Teams for all virtual interviews. You will be required to download Teams via your internet browser on your desktop or mobile device prior to your interview.

The interview process is our chance to get to know you and to hear more about your skills, knowledge, and experience. We’ll ask you to talk us through examples of where you have demonstrated specific competencies or behaviours. We want you to explain what appeals to you about the role and why you want to join the Early Years Alliance.

The interview is also your opportunity to get a feel for the Early Years Alliance, the team you’d be working in, and ask any questions you have about the role and about working here.


If you are successful at the interview, you will complete your on-boarding through our applicant tracking system once we have made a conditional offer of employment. We will require the following before a start date can be agreed:

  • Receipt of at least two referees covering your last three years of employment
  • Complete an enhanced DBS check (if applicable)
  • Complete our health questionnaire
  • Evidence of your right to work
  • Evidence of your qualifications (if applicable for your role)

We look forward to you joining us once your on-boarding is completed.