Beneficiaries– children and families

CEO: June O’Sullivan MBE

Location: London (37 nursery locations)

About LEYF

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) provide quality childcare services in 37 nurseries across London. LEYF reinvest all profits back into their business to deliver their social impact – through training staff, supporting local employment of nursery staff and through their apprenticeship programmes, and supporting mothers and fathers returning to work. 48% of the parents LEYF serves are supported with a free nursery place, so children from less affluent families can access early years education.

In partnership with families and communities LEYF enables each child to be the best they can be through experiences that enrich and extend their learning.

As a social enterprise LEYF is interested in running a successful business while also being focused on developing children’s natural curiosity and confidence so they leave nursery as inquisitive explorers who love learning. To achieve this, LEYF has developed its own pedagogical approach:

Mission and Impact

LEYF’s ambition is to change the world one child at a time, however the social impact we deliver is not limited to quality childcare provision, as it includes increasing social mobility, reducing child poverty, supporting parents returning to work, multigenerational engagement with communities, enhancing social cohesion and inclusion, local employment of nursery staff and an apprenticeship programmes.

58% of LEYF inspected settings are rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted (January 2017), compared to the UK sector average of 16%. LEYF offers a mix of childcare places to parents, ensuring that we have a socially focused and sustainable business model, including funded 15-hour and 30-hour places.