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paid roles

RBF generally runs one recruitment round per year between April and June. If any posts are available during or outside of our main recruitment window, they are listed in the 'Current Vacancies' box below.

If there are no vacancies currently advertised but you would like to get in touch about joining RBF in the future, contact in the first instance and we will be happy to give you more information about working for RBF.


We are always very happy to welcome applications from people who would like to volunteer with the Red Balloon Family on any of our projects. The minimum age for volunteers is School Year 5 and there is certainly no maximum age!


We are also able to offer nationally recognised accreditation to our volunteers through our registration as an ASDAN college. 


If you would like to volunteer, please contact for our latest volunteering application form.

CURRENT vacancies

Please note applications for our current recruitment round are now closed. Candidates will be informed if they have been shortlisted for interview by Friday 19th June.

All enquiries should be sent to

The Red Balloon Foundation Team is organised into three strands all supported by our Operations Team:

  • RBF Childcare Team - looking after children in our OFSTED registered settings;

  • RBF Outreach Team - engaging with children, young people and families in partnership with other organisations usually in a faith context;

  • RBF Resource Team - production of a variety of resources both electronic and physical to assist others with their engagement with children, young people and families.

We are pleased to be currently recruiting for our Childcare and Outreach teams as follows for August/September 2020 starts. Click on the job title to view the full job description. Applications for current vacancies close on Friday 12th June at midday.


To apply for any role, follow the link above to our online application form. Please send any queries to (please note we are unable to accept any applications expect via our online application form).

Please note applications for the current recruitment round are now closed.

Interviews will be held before the end of June either in person or via Zoom depending on current social distancing requirements. All posts are for August/September 2020 start.

Childcare Team Roles

Childcare Manager

Full Time (£26-£28,400)

Primarily based at our head office in E17

Childcare Leader

30 Hours Per Week (FTE £22,900-£25,200)

Extension to full time available; primarily based at our Epping Setting

Preschool Leader

Full Time (£22,900-£25,200)

Primarily based at our new preschool setting in E17

Childcare/Preschool Assistant

Part Time & Full Time Posts Available (FTE £20,200-£22,200)

Regular overtime available; roles available in Epping, Loughton, North Weald and E17

Outreach Team Roles

Children's/Youth/Families' Worker

Full Time (£22,900-£25,200)

Working across RBF outreach projects in London, Essex & Herts; allocation to a particular church/project may be available

Children's/Youth/Families' Assistant

Full Time (£20,200-£22,200)

Working across RBF outreach projects in London, Essex & Herts

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