Our Awards

Our aim is to be outstanding in everything we do. Here are some of our most recent awards…



Finalist – Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award

Our CEO, June O’Sullivan MBE was a Finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Business Woman of the Year Award. This award seeks out women who have led businesses successfully and have recently extended this to honour women running businesses with a social purpose. Out of 800 entries June was delighted to be a finalist.



NMT Top 20 Awards

Our CEO June O’Sullivan MBE named as the Most Influential Person in Childcare in 2017 and recognised for being one of the most dedicated, hardworking and encouraging leaders in the Early Years sector. The manager of LEYF’s House Of Commons nursery, Anjali Deb-Mukherjee, was also present. She was included in the Top 5 Most inspirational  People in Childcare for her tireless efforts to create the best possible experience for staff and children over her 32 year long career with us. Most recently, this was apparent during her superb handling of the Westminster Terrorist Attack and the eventual security lockdown the nursery was placed under until well into the night.



Nursery Manager of the Year (Anjali Deb-Mukherjee) – Nursery World Awards

After being named one of NMT’s Top 5 Most Inspirational People in Childcare we’re very proud that Anjali Deb-Mukherjee, manager of our House of Commons nursery, has also been shortlisted in the ‘Nursery Manager of the Year’ category at this year’s Nursery World awards. Watch this space to see how she gets on!



Bronze award – Apprenticeships 4 England Awards

These awards recognise outstanding examples of quality, best practice, innovation and excellence in apprenticeship delivery. They showcase and celebrate the achievements of training providers, and reward and recognise organisations for their commitment, hard work and success in delivering apprenticeship programmes.



Nursery Website of the Year Award – Nursery Management Today Awards

The judges chose our website because ‘it is easy to use; it has great content including staff stories, and embraces diversity. It is a true reflection of the company’



Training and Development Awards – Nursery World Awards (Runner up)

This is awarded to early years and childcare services that have built a high-quality staff team through good practice in recruitment and retention, training and career development



Nursery Chain of the Year – Nursery World Awards  (Runner Up)

After winning this award in 2014, we were shortlisted as a runner up in 2016. This award goes to nursery chains that can prove themselves as a successful business that also offers high quality care care and education.



Group of the Year – Nursery Management Today Awards

This award is for UK nursery groups with three or more settings, and recognises a forward-thinking group who has shown outstanding success in delivering high quality childcare, well-trained and motivated staff, inspirational values & focus across the group. Judges were impressed with LEYF’s ‘passionate approach which is inclusive and research-led and allows staff to tackle the needs and challenges of children and parents.’



Training and Development – Nursery Management Today Awards

Awarded to a business that has shown exceptional commitment to training and developing their staff. The awards panel felt that LEYF ‘clearly and passionately demonstrated excellent commitment to training and development of not just staff but parents too, through [our] home learning environment and training programs.’ The judges also admired ‘how readily [we] could evidence the impact these programs had on families within areas of significant deprivation.’



Childcare Power 20 (June O’Sullivan MBE) – NMT (Runner Up)

Judges were considerably impressed with the major strategic and cultural shift LEYF have undergone in the past ten years, and the increased profile and profitability we have secured as a result.



Entrepreneur of the Year (June O’Sullivan MBE) – EY (Regional Finalist)



Website of the Year – Nursery World Awards (Finalist)

Open to early years providers (nurseries, schools, pre-schools and childminders) whose websites and use of social media is informative, accessible and innovative.



Community Support – Nursery World Awards (Finalist)

Open to early years settings who have involved staff, parents and children in projects to support charities or the local/wider community.



Nursery Chain of the Year – Nursery World Awards

This was awarded by Nursery World for the outstanding practice witnessed throughout all our nurseries, the judges were impressed with our ‘strong extra work and staff development’.



Women’s Champion of the Year (June O’Sullivan MBE) – UK Social Enterprise Awards

LEYF CEO June O’Sullivan received this impressive accolade towards the end of 2014. The award recognises women working in the senior leadership team of a social enterprise who represent excellence in their sector and inspire other women to achieve.



Nursery Group of the Year – NMT Nursery Awards (Finalist)

This award is open to UK nursery groups with three or more settings, and recognises a forward-thinking group who has shown outstanding success in delivering high quality childcare, well-trained and motivated staff, inspirational values & focus across the group.



Childcare Power 20 (June O’Sullivan MBE) – NMT (Runner Up)

June was recognised for her passion and caring, engaging, hardworking and empowering nature. Judges admired her ability and drive to spearhead and lead on change and crucial issues such as quality, affordability and men in childcare.



Inclusive Practice Award – Nursery World Awards

We picked up the Inclusive Practice Award last year for our efforts to redress the imbalance of early years and childcare being seen as ‘women’s work’ through our London Network of Men in Childcare. The group was set up to enable staff to cope with negative attitudes that discourage men from entering a career in early years education.



Transformational Change of the Year – National Business Awards UK

The National Business Awards UK attracts entries from a broad range of organisations of all sizes, across all industry types and from both the public and private sectors. This win was particularly special for us as it was great not only to be recognised for all the great work we do in the early years sector, but as a successful business.



Nursery Group of the Year – Nursery World Awards (Highly Commended)

We were first nominated for this aware in 2010. The Nursery World Awards are seen as the pre-eminent accolades for the early years sector. They recognise and highlight the best that is being achieved throughout the UK by organisations, teams, individuals, initiatives and equipment providers.



Sustainable Partnership Award – Westminster Volunteering Partnership

The Westminster Volunteering Partnership awards scheme celebrates excellence in two categories: innovation and sustainability. They mark a new era in which corporate relationships are taking on greater importance in addressing social needs.

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