Our Pedagogy is the teaching and learning model which reflects our social enterprise approach, and ensures all children are given a strong start, regardless of their background.

It is designed to strengthen children’s educational success by widening their social and cultural capital, with a strong focus on language and communication, giving all children an equal chance to thrive.

It is based on the social pedagogy concept and inspired by a wide range of international research into young children’s learning and development, including long-established approaches like Froebel and Montessori, alongside emerging knowledge from the field of neuroscience.

Training Courses

COMING SOON! Here are some examples of courses we offer, that can also be delivered in your setting:

  • Baby You’re Fantastic – a course to help you become confident in meeting the developmental needs of babies
  • Food and Nutrition in Early Years – a course for all staff to understand the importance of nutrition in Early Years
  • Supporting Children to Self-regulate – a course to explore how we can help children understand to be able to manage their own behaviours
  • Introduction to Sustainability – a course to explore how we can help children understand how they can look after the natural environment
  • Teaching Maths in Early Years – a course to discuss how we support Mathematics in the nursery environment
  • Home Learning – a course to extend and enrich children’s development between home and nursery

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What is social pedagogy?

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

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

Social pedagogy is much more than academic education. It is an approach that helps children to reach their full potential and this means building meaningful and authentic relationships between the child, the nursery and the family. This helps our nursery teams to recognise each child’s strengths, interests and potential.

The LEYF Pedagogy embodies this approach and is our teaching and learning model that enables our children to become curious, enthusiastic learners. Each of the seven strands of our social pedagogy is concerned with holistic learning, and places the wellbeing and happiness of children at the heart of all we do. Kind, caring, harmonious relationships, and an ethos of inclusion, equality and empathy are important. We also prioritise giving our children a voice in their learning and care.

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Our Pedagogy shapes the way we teach and support the children in partnership with parents and the wider community. We believe that all learning takes place in and with the world around us. We prepare children to be able to engage with the environmental, technological and social changes they will encounter on their journey to becoming global citizens.

For more information on social pedagogy, please take a look at the Social Pedagogy Professional Association website and the ThemPra website.

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London Institute of Early Years

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LEYF Pedagogy

Our unique seven-strand Pedagogy is interwoven into everything we do, to give all children wonderful learning experiences every day.

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