Help us grow
LEYF has ambitious growth plans to reach 5,000 children by 2018. We are growing our family of community nurseries through existing nurseries joining us, taking on Local Authority contracts and starting up new settings. We look for partners that share our values, with the same passion for delivering high quality early years education and childcare.
For Nursery Owners and Boards of Trustees
If you are considering stepping back from running your nursery, or you feel your nursery needs additional support, please talk to Jeff Loo (call 020 7834 8679 or email Jeff@leyf.org.uk ) about the benefits that LEYF can offer.
Your nursery retains its character and is embedded in its community. All your staff and the nursery manager will all transfer to LEYF under TUPE regulations. We offer great support through our central office teams, for example in recruiting staff, IT, and managing finances, which allows the manager and deputy to focus more on staff and children. The nursery will have consistent long term governance through LEYF’s Children’s Services team. We often refurbish settings to improve the environment for staff and children when the nursery joins LEYF.
Lynne, manager at Bird in Bush nursery, says:
'Working for LEYF has changed my life both personally and professionally, and it is now a real pleasure to come to work. Ofsted, parents and visitors have been so complimentary about the nursery and comment on how professional, happy and welcoming the staff team are.....I know all of these changes have had a positive impact on our children and families as Ofsted judged us on being ‘Outstanding’ in children’s well-being.'
To ensure any new nurseries we acquire are able to balance a consistent quality of care and education with long-term financial sustainability, we consider settings with a minimum capacity of 40 children, and ideally 50-70 children.
Nurseries which have joined LEYF in the last five years:
Gumboots Community Nursery – March 2016
South Bermondsey Community Nursery – March 2016
Burgess Park Community Nursery – November 2015
Weir Link Community Nursery – November 2015
Pembury Community Nursery – February 2015
Playhouse Community Nursery – February 2015
Fire Station Nursery – November 2014
Bird in Bush Nursery – April 2014
Soho Family Centre Nursery – February 2014
Colville Nursery Centre – February 2012
Earl’s Court Community Nursery – November 2011
Miriam, parent at Bird in Bush, says:
'My daughter Jada has been attending Bird in Bush since July 2014. My eldest daughter attended the same setting back in 2008 but within a few months I chose to withdraw her from the nursery due to some negative experiences we had there. I had to take a risk enrolling Jada into the nursery as I was desperate for local childcare, and the risk was well worth taking. Within a few months she has flourished and dramatically improved in all areas of her learning and development'
Start up nurseries
We are also working with leading architects to develop brand new high quality, purpose-built day nurseries, convert existing buildings and take available space in residential or mixed-use commercial developments.
These properties must have:
- Internal space of minimum 250sqm (2,500sqft)
- Outside play area of minimum 70sqm (700sqft), with direct access to the nursery
- Leasehold only with minimum 10-15 year lease
Nurseries we have started recently:
New Cross Community Nursery – May 2015
Townmead Community Nursery – March 2015
Stockwell Gardens Nursery – March 2015
The Conservatoire Nursery – Early 2015
Brixton Community Nursery – September 2014
Henry Fawcett Community Nursery – November 2012
These are the London boroughs we are most interested in:
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Tower Hamlets
- Kensington & Chelsea
Can you help us grow?
We have already forged close partnerships with many like-minded property developers, housing associations and academies, and would like to hear from other strategic partners who could help us open nurseries where they are needed most.
There’s never been a more exciting time to join our family of community nurseries, so if you would like to know more, please do get in touch with Jeff Loo at Jeff@leyf.org.uk .