Become an Early Education Associate

We have a rolling programme of recruitment to meet the demand for training and professional support that we are commissioned to deliver across the UK and overseas, on all aspects of early childhood education.

Early Education’s Associates programme is widely known and respected for the depth of our Associates’ knowledge and experience. It is also recognised for its principled and pedagogically sound approaches that support the professional development of early years practitioners working in maintained, private, voluntary, independent, and home-based settings.

We expect Early Education Associates to be members of the organisation prior to applying, so that each Associate understands our approach and ethos, and that this is reflected in their work. We ask that Associates reflect the spirit of, and promote in the course of their work, our Code of Ethics, which underpins all that we do.

You should be a knowledgeable and experienced early years trainer or consultant with a strong understanding of child development and early years pedagogy and a track record of working as a practitioner, manager or leader and in an advisory/training role. A full person specification can be found in the application pack below.

We are keen to increase the diversity of our pool of trainers, and therefore encourage men and people from minoritsed ethnic communities to apply as they are currently under-represented.

We are particularly keen to recruit Associates in Scotland and Wales, and in the north of England, to enhance our ability to provide affordable training in those areas. We welcome applicants from potential Associates wherever they are based with knowledge of the curriculum frameworks in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

To find out more or for details of how to apply, download the Associates recruitment information pack.

Applications are typically reviewed on a quarterly basis, and interview dates arranged when a batch of candidates has been selected. The next deadline for applications will be announced in due course – applications received prior to this date may be reviewed earlier.

For an informal discussion, contact the Training and Communications Manager.

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