Welcome to our Academy

The LEYF Training Academy is the first of its kind. Already providing regular training to all our staff, we are now offering external training and support across the Early Years community. Through this Academy, we aim to share best practice, innovation and the latest research across the Early Years sector, enabling us to drive real change in the sector.


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Are you interested in working in Early Years, but not sure where to start? We run three apprenticeship programmes every year, throughout the year. It is never too late to make the change! Many of our apprentices are aged 16 to 18, but you can be an apprentice at any age.

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Early Years degree

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The so-called golden years are between the ages of 0–5 years because this is when children’s brains develop the most. Early Years is, therefore, one of the most important and privileged stages of a child’s education to teach.

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Early Years Chef Academy

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Children need healthy, nutritious food to learn and grow. Make your nursery a leader in healthy eating and practice, with a Level 3 CACHE-accredited award. Introduced in 2019, the LEYF Early Years Chef Academy trains Early Years chefs to be experts in child nutrition and to help children, staff and parents build healthy habits for life.

Following successful pilots in LEYF nurseries, and with generous support from Impact on Urban Health, enrolment is now open to all nurseries and chefs working with children under the age of 7.

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Sustainability in the Early Years

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Our children are the future guardians of our world. Become a Green Champion in your nursery with our Level 4 CACHE-endorsed, ‘Sustainability in the Early Years’ qualification. This is the first course of its kind in the UK and is a fantastic opportunity to lead your nursery in creating sustainable impact and nurturing young minds to care for the planet.

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Social pedagogy

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Social pedagogy is education in the widest sense. It recognises that every child is valuable and can contribute meaningfully to the society in which they live, irrespective of their background.

It is about connecting the heart, the head and the hands, and building strong, empathetic relationships with each other, with families and with their immediate and wider communities, so children learn to engage and become global citizens.

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We currently offer some of our Training Academy’s content to others in the Early Years sector.

Over time, we plan to expand our external offering of qualifications, training and pedagogical coaching to non-LEYF educators.

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Our nurseries

We’re an award-winning group of 40 London nurseries! Browse our nurseries and find out more about our teams, our Pedagogy, and more.

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Action research

LEYF is a learning organisation and we continually review and improve what we do.

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Advocacy and campaigns

We use experience gained from decades of working in Early Years to shape our service and lobby for changes.