The first five years of children’s lives play a significant role in determining their chances later in life. It is a crucial period for social mobility, as this is when the gap in outcomes between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers first begins. A proven way to close this gap is through access to high quality Early Years education.
London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is a registered charity with a social purpose to give London’s children the best start in life through the highest quality Early Years education, especially those who otherwise may not be able to access or afford it –thereby addressing the three systemic challenges that prevent children from achieving their full potential. LEYF supports over 4,000 children and employs over 800 staff, through 39 nurseries throughout 12 boroughs across London.
Their nurseries are disproportionately located in areas of London with the most need. 77% of their nurseries are in the ‘most deprived’ and ‘deprived’ areas vs. an average of 50% throughout London. They also consistently achieve higher Ofsted ratings - 56% of LEYF’s nurseries are rated ‘Outstanding’ vs. 22% on average in London’s nurseries.
Funding from Postcode Innovation Trust, thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, will be towards the purchase of a new leasehold nursery, especially targeted in an area of high deprivation in London.
Visit their website here: https://leyf.org.uk/