Join the ‘bravest’ team in London – Grow your career in childcare

For the third year running, London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) will be at the Nursery World Show in London on the 1st and 2nd February 2019. As one of our key sponsors, they will be hosting a range of talks, workshops and a real-life nursery garden - all focusing on the theme ‘safe, fit and healthy’.

LEYF is a family of 37 award-winning London nurseries that, together with families and communities, create a fun and enriching environment for all their children. LEYF care for some of London’s most vulnerable children who need nurturing by ‘brave’ people like you. As a fast-growing social enterprise, LEYF is always looking to recruit for part-time and full-time colleagues. Vacancies include Nursery Assistants; Nursery Practitioners; Room Leaders; Deputy Managers; Lunchtime Assistants; Chefs; Apprentices and Bank staff who share their core values; inspiring, brave, nurturing and fun. Whether you are looking to start your career in childcare, or have recently qualified, now is the time to take your next steps with the LEYF family. Paying above the sector average and offering a range of staff benefits such: as guaranteed over-time pay; up to 25 days annual leave + bank holiday + 3 days over Christmas; 50% discount on childcare; 7% pension contributions and more.

To find out more about LEYF, meet key members of staff and give your career a head start visit stand E18. You can discuss your career ambitions with a knowledgeable member of staff, participate in a host of activities and enter their competition to win two tickets to ‘The View from the Shard’. Don’t forget to go downstairs to the Executive Suite to learn about LEYF’s pedagogy (their philosophy of learning) and visit LEYF’s interactive, real-life nursery garden!

Nick Corlett, Marsham Street Nursery Manager, tells us what to expect: 

“Step into the amazing world of a LEYF nursery garden, where free play and child-initiated exploration is at the forefront of the natural environment, and where there are increased opportunities for the children to create and act upon their own ideas and experiences.

At LEYF, we understand that children learn differently outdoors. We teach children about respect for the living and non-living, while also enabling them to take risks. This allows all children to build a relationship with the natural environment.

In this specially-designed LEYF nursery garden at the Nursery World Show, you will see how LEYF teaches, using the garden and incorporating our very own pedagogy. Walk through the mindfulness area while the sounds of trickling water channels surround you. Relax in the yoga area or immerse yourself in the multi-sensory aspects of the garden. Please feel free to come and take a walk around this amazing environment, talk to one of our champion outdoor teachers and simply be inspired.”

Career development is at the heart of LEYF’s working ethos, with award-winning training and development programmes to help you expand your skills and knowledge. Whether you have just finished your Level 2 or 3 qualifications or have years of experience and want to take your career to the next level – LEYF is the place for you!

If you would like to book a discussion with a member of the LEYF family, please visit: and take your first steps to a ‘brave’ new career.