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Support for local nurseries

If you are considering stepping back from running your nursery, selling your business, looking for a new provider, or you feel your nursery needs additional support, LEYF can help.

LEYF works with stand alone nurseries and small chains to provide advice and support through an informal network called the LEYF Conversation.

We also help nurseries transition to become part of LEYF where the owner or manager is stepping back from management and looking into handing over their nursery, or where community nurseries are no longer financially viable. 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 marketing, which allows the manager and deputy to focus more on staff and children. The nursery will benefit from continuous support and advice 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 which transitioned to LEYF in April 2014, 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 that have joined LEYF in the last three years:

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

For more information contact Louise Cooper on 020 7834 8679 or email louise@leyf.org.uk