Our ethos and mission

At the Early Years Alliance, we always put the interests of the child first, fostering their development and promoting the importance of play, while empowering parents and carers to support their child’s learning at home.

Our mission is to support early years providers to deliver high quality, affordable and sustainable care and education to families, and to ensure that all children, regardless of background, are given the best possible start in life.  

We strive every day to create better futures for children and families, to be experts in early childhood, to be the voice of the early years, drive change for a stable future for our children, and to be collectively responsible for each other’s wellbeing. 

This runs right through our culture within the organisation where we ensure our staff are just as valued and championed, providing high-quality services, training, information and advice.

We strive to achieve our mission by working with our members to:

  • Champion childhood and children’s right to play
  • Advocate for children, families and all childcare and early education providers
  • Put the family first to enhance children’s life chances
  • Encourage safeguard-led practice
  • Raise standards and quality of childcare and early education
  • Ensure families have choice and information to make the right decision about the care and education they need  
  • Provide high-quality training support and advice.

Investors in People

The Early Years Alliance is proud of the success it has achieved through the contributions of our diverse workforce at all levels within the charity. The Alliance is an Investors in People (IiP) accredited employer, and our silver IiP award recognises our commitment to investing and supporting our staff through different initiatives.

Disability Confident Committeed Employer

The Alliance has signed up as a Disability Confident Committed Employer. We have committed to ensuring that our recruitment process is inclusive and assessible and offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.

Our diversity and equality policy

The Alliance aims to employ the best possible staff and intends to offer equality of opportunity by ensuring that no person is disadvantaged or discriminated against in seeking employment, or for any other reason during their employment with us.

Candidates will be considered on the basis of their suitability for the post, and our recruitment procedures work in line with the Equality Act 2010. Individuals will not be placed at a disadvantage by imposing conditions or requirements which are not justifiable.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community and value the individual differences that people can bring to our organisation.

The Alliance expects all successful candidates to support our diversity and equality policy and must have an understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and anti-racism issues.

To help us to ensure our diversity and equality policy is effective, all candidates are required to complete the questions in relation to ethnic origin and disability.

This information is confidential and is used for monitoring purposes only.  This information is not available to the hiring managers.

If you have any special needs or requirements to assist you in making an application and/or attending the interview, if shortlisted, please contact [email protected].

Working with children

The Alliance meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. 

If the job description for the role states the post is exempt then employment to the post will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring check before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings, as well as convictions. 

Further information can be found here.

Any gaps in employment must also be accounted for.