About London Early Years Foundation

The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) are the UK’s largest childcare social enterprise with 38 nurseries across London, 15 of which have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. LEYF provides award winning care and education to children under 5 and were recently named ‘Nursery Group of the Year 2015’ by Nursery Management Today. They write regularly, sharing tips and advice on all things early years and child development from their expert nursery staff.

How to get the Perfect Picnic

The Perfect Picnic - British Summertime means a few things – BBQs, walks and, most importantly, picnics! Sitting in the sun with a sandwich and a cold drink is a great family activity, and at LEYF we’re here to recommend some great ways to have the … [Read more...]

How To Encourage Your Child To Exercise

In Britain there are a large number of children who don’t exercise regularly, and this lack of activity can lead to numerous health problems later in life. If you need a bit of help getting your little one off the sofa and out into the garden, here's some … [Read more...]

Your Child’s Sleeping Pattern

Frequent sleep is a massively important part of life – for the little ones and their parents! At LEYF we really want to delve right into the reasons why sleep is so important for your children! Early on in life, a lot of children will sleep frequently … [Read more...]

How To Build Confidence In Your Child

Here at LEYF, we think it’s super important for little ones to have a sense of confidence and self-worth. Having confidence can help your child socialise and enjoy themselves with others, and you should find it has a positive impact on their overall … [Read more...]

Preparing your child for their first day at nursery!

We know that the first day at nursery is a big step for you and your little one, but we're with you every step of the way. Here’s a few things you can do to make your child’s first day at nursery that much easier for both of you - and hopefully … [Read more...]

The Importance of Reading

Here at LEYF, we firmly believe that reading is a key part of any child’s development. This week we wanted to tell you all about the importance of reading and to give you a few tips on how to encourage your little ones to love reading! Why is … [Read more...]

10 Christmas Craft Activities for Children from LEYF Nurseries

So it's that time of year again; you've sent lists to Santa, decorated the tree and 'Jingle Bells' is playing on a loop in your head. But Christmas is also about spending time together. If your little one is of the artistic persuasion, then … [Read more...]

Meltdown Moments: 5 Top Tips for Managing Tantrums

Although we love our little ones to bits, we can’t pretend they’re angels all of the time. Here are some creative strategies for managing tantrums when they (inevitably) happen. Reading time: 3 minutes. Anticipate and plan Does your child get … [Read more...]

The trials and tribulations of having young children in London

From navigating through crowds with a heavy buggy to dashing across boroughs for a nursery pick-up. No-one said having children in London would be easy. The commutes, long working hours and quick pace of life can be exhausting at the best of times, … [Read more...]

Managing Challenging Behaviour in Young Children

Parenting a child with challenging behaviour can be tough, but there are some things you can try to support them and create a happier atmosphere at home. It’s important to let your child know that you love them, even if you don’t always like the … [Read more...]

Why reading is so important in early childhood

What do children get out of reading? I’d argue that children get the same things out of books that adults do. Ask a grownup booklover what they like about them and they’ll tell you it’s the adventure, the escape from the mundane, and the chance to … [Read more...]

How to support your child’s development through play

For babies and young children, play is at the very heart of how they learn and develop. From practicing new sounds, to developing gross motor skills, play is fundamental in developing the basic skills that will support their literacy, numeracy and … [Read more...]

How to choose the perfect nursery

Choosing the right nursery for your child is essential to his or her early years development. To help you do that, we've compiled the following tips. It's not an exhaustive list, if you have any to add please do so in the comments … [Read more...]

Dealing with separation anxiety: How to keep the nursery drop-off tear-free

The beginning of the year sees lots of children starting nursery for the first time. Although this first day marks an exciting milestone, it can sometimes be a challenging step – even more for parents than children! It’s completely normal to feel … [Read more...]