Our Website Privacy Policy and Use of Cookies

The London Early Years Foundation (“LEYF”) is committed to protecting the confidentiality and security of your personal and non-personal information; a responsibility which we take very seriously. This privacy policy details the ways that LEYF collects and processes information collected from all parties (“users”) accessing our website https://leyf.org.uk (“website”/”the site”/”site”). Please read the following carefully to be fully informed. This update to our privacy policy highlights our compliance with the legislative GDPR update as of 25th May 2018.

Personal information

LEYF may collect personal information from its customers, prospective customers, students/apprentices, employees, subcontractors/suppliers, website visitors and job applicants. This is done in a number of ways including, but not limited to:

  • Visit to our website,
  • Registration on the site,
  • When users fill out a form,
  • While using any other services, features or resources available on our website.

Users may be asked, if appropriate, for their name, email address and phone number when registering or using certain features on our website. However, users may visit the site anonymously, in which case personal information will not be collected. We will only collect personal information from users if they voluntarily submit such information to us. By providing personal information as requested, the users are consenting to LEYF collecting, using and disclosing to ensure we maintain and provide services effectively and to a high standard. Users are able to refuse providing in part or in whole their personal information. In such a case, due to the nature of our services, and the appropriate laws and regulations, such users may be unable to access certain features on our site.

In all cases, we try to limit the personal information acquired and stored to only what is necessary to be able to provide you with high quality services, support your specific needs and requests and meet our business needs in relation to the services we provide.

Non-personal information

LEYF may collect non-personal information about users whenever they access our site. Non-personal information may include the name of the browser, type of computer and technical information about the means of connection to our website. This may include, but not limited to, the operating system used, internet service provider and other similar information.

Web browser cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit.   Find out more on our Cookie Policy page.

How we use information

LEYF may collect and use personal and non-personal information for the following purposes:

  • To provide high quality, tailored services to our customers,
  • To improve customer service and customer experience,
  • To respond better to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently,
  • To ensure our website meets the high standards set by us and expected by our customers,
  • To operate and improve our website, its functionality and its features,
  • To improve our products and services,
  • To display relevant content on the site correctly,
  • To send periodic emails about our products and services – only if customers have opted to receive them,
  • To respond to enquiries, questions, and/or other requests – only if users have provided us with their email address, phone number or another method of contact.

How we protect your information

At LEYF, we adopt and follow appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our site.

Sharing personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent the user’s personally identifiable information to anyone. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personally identifiable information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above.

Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our site that link to services provided by our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these websites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our site. Additionally, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interacting on any other website, including websites which have a link to our site, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies. At times, we may enlist third party organisations to provide recruitment market information. In these incidences, only information held in the public domain will be accessed and used by LEYF. 

Changes to this privacy policy

LEYF retains its discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. If and when we do, a notification will be clearly posted on our website. We encourage users to frequently check the privacy policy for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. We accept that users acknowledge and agree that it is their responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Acceptance of these terms

By using this website, you signify your acceptance of this policy. Your continued usage of this website following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, practices of this website, or your dealings with this website, please contact us via email at dataprotection@leyf.org.uk.

Statutory information about The London Early Years Foundation

Registered in England and Wales

Reg. Company: 2228978

Reg. Charity: 299686

Guarantee No. 2228978

Registered Office: The London Early Years Foundation, 121 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4LX

Who we are

Suggested text: Our website address is: https://leyf.org.uk.


Suggested text: When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


Suggested text: If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Suggested text: If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Suggested text: Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Suggested text: If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

Suggested text: If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

Suggested text: If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Suggested text: Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.