London Early Years Foundation celebrates success this March
2013 is a momentous year for the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) as the most respected social enterprise in the Capital celebrates providing first-class day care and parenting support for 110 years.
With 24 nurseries now making a difference in six London boroughs (from Westminster at the heart of the capital to Barking and Dagenham in the East), the organisation has pioneered childcare in London. Looking after nearly 2,000 children per year, this organisation is shaping future generations with its innovative approach to childcare.
To celebrate 110 years of great childcare, the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is giving away FREE childcare for a year to one lucky family. For a chance to win, parents need register online at www.leyf.org.uk/
As the UK’s most well-known childcare social enterprise, LEYF was founded by Margaret Horn MBE as the ‘Westminster Health Society’ in 1903. Judged ‘Outstanding’
Providing high quality day care and parenting support to a diverse mix of families across six London boroughs, LEYF helps more than 2,000 children each year enjoy the benefits of a great Early Years education in its 24 community, Children’s Centre and workplace nurseries.
June O’Sullivan, LEYF CEO comments: “We are thrilled to be celebrating 110 years of great childcare; bigger and more importantly stronger than ever before.
“We have always been known to push boundaries when it comes to protecting the interests of children and parents, and this just means we can bring our distinct brand of quality of childcare to even more families, especially those that need it most.”
How parents can enter in three simple steps:
1. Register online to attend a 2nd March LEYF Nursery Open Day at www.leyf.org.uk/
2. Come along on the day (or another more convenient day during February or March)
3. Complete and return a nursery application for their child before 31 March
As part of the main celebration event in June, the registered charity also plans to bury a time capsule at its Marsham Street office where it opened its very first community nursery in 1930.
“The time capsule will contain examples of family life as we know it today,” explains June, “along with thoughts from staff, parents and children on how families might look 100 years from now – with all the fun, fears and challenges that’s likely to represent.”
For more information on the history and work of LEYF, the celebration events or to attend a LEYF Nursery Open Day on Saturday 2 March and be in with a chance to win FREE childcare for a year, visit www.leyf.org.uk/
For more information on the history and work of LEYF, the celebration event or to find your local LEYF nursery for a chance to win FREE childcare for a year, visit www.leyf.org.uk/
For further information on LEYF contact Azaria PR on:
Kelly Sylvester: 01604 217 279 / kelly.sylvester@
Amy Lewis: 01604 217 002 / email@example.com
Notes to Editors
About London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)
The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is the UK’s most well-known and respected childcare social enterprise, providing day care and parenting support to a diverse mix of families in 24 community, workplace and Children’s Centre nurseries across six London boroughs.
LEYF has developed a unique social business model that uses sustainable income from its nurseries in more affluent areas to actively target the heart of some of the capital’s most deprived communities;
LEYF is equally committed to helping previously disadvantaged young adults realise their own potential. Thanks to LEYF’s mentor-based Early Years apprenticeship programme, such individuals are given the chance to develop a range of vocational and interpersonal skills, with a professional qualification and in most cases a job at the end of it.
An all-embracing community ethos also means ‘doing good’ doesn’t stop at the nursery door, as LEYF’s multi-generational and partnership-
Constantly weaving the principles of social enterprise and staff-inspired core values into everything they do, LEYF passionately champions the long-term social impact that comes from combining a progressive research-based nursery education with the creation of such social and cultural capital.
And by employing a higher than average proportion of local and BME staff, LEYF is able to better understand, respond and give voice to shifting community needs, whilst making a direct and accountable contribution to each local economy.
With a clear ambition to build a better future for London’s children, LEYF is now geared to more than triple its impact over the next 2-3 years.