There are many ways you can help us transform children’s lives

  • Contact us to donate today
  • Transfer levy funds
  • Payroll giving
  • Donate while you shop

For more information about all the options below, please get in touch with us at

Unlocking Futures: Doubling Down campaign

We are currently fundraising for our Doubling Down programme, which supports children from low-income families to access an additional 15 hours per week of free Early Years education.

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Doubling Down: Unlocking futures by giving extra hours in nurseries to children trapped in poverty.

We're fundraising for our Doubling Down programme. Find out more about how you can help.

We're fundraising for our Doubling Down programme. Find out more about how you can help.

Support LEYF through your workplace

Here are just some of the ways you can support the campaign through your workplace:

Apprenticeship Levy

Large employers which pay the Apprenticeship Levy can choose to transfer up to 25% of their levy funds each year to other businesses, to pay for their apprenticeship training and assessment.

Transferring levy funds is a way of supporting other businesses by deciding which sectors, skills or local areas you’d like to support. It is up to you which businesses and apprenticeships you choose to support with a transfer.

Supporting LEYF apprenticeships, would help us train Early Years professionals who then are able to provide high quality education and care to children in some of London’s most disadvantaged communities.

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Payroll Giving

Payroll Giving is a hassle-free way to give to London Early Years Foundation, straight from your pay.

Because your donation is taken before tax is deducted, it costs you less to give the same amount. For example, a £10 donation to LEYF only costs you £8 from your take-home pay.

Why support LEYF through Payroll Giving?

Payroll Giving is a tax-efficient way to support our aim of changing the world one child at a time.

Once you’ve filled in the Payroll Giving form, we do all the work for you. And every time you get paid, you will help to support children across London to access high quality Early Years education.

You don’t even need to provide your bank details! Payroll Giving also has very low admin costs for LEYF, which means your donation goes even further.

How does my gift cost me less?

With Payroll Giving, your donation is taken from your pay before tax, so your donation costs you less because less of your income is subject to tax.

This table is a simplified explanation of how it works (it ignores other pay deductions like National Insurance contributions, pension contributions and student loan repayments):

With payroll giving Without payroll giving
Gross pay £1,000 £1,000
Payroll giving donation £10 £0
Taxable pay £990 £1,000
Tax (20%) £198 £200
Take home pay £792 £800
Cost of your donation to you £8 NA

Find out more about the tax breaks associated with Payroll Giving.

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Donate while you shop

There are lots of easy ways to make a donation to LEYF when you shop online.


It won’t cost you anything to help us raise funds through easyfundraising. There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including GoCompare, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S.

  1. Go to London Early Years Foundation easyfundraising page to join for free.
  2. When you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
  3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to LEYF at no extra cost to you.

You can also download the app for your phone or computer.

Charitable Bookings

Planning a holiday? By booking your hotel accommodation through Charitable Bookings (powered by, a percentage of the commission will go to London Early Years Foundation.

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Doubling Down

Funding 15 extra hours for children trapped in poverty

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LEYF works with long-standing, valued partners who support us to maximise our social impact.

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Social impact

High quality Early Years education and care makes a significant difference to children’s educational success and future attainment.