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LEYF is recruiting for critical services during the Covid-19 crisis and for when we re-open.

We are still recruiting

Despite the challenges of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, we are still recruiting for staff in our nurseries. Our processes have changed, we are conducting telephone interviews as we need to follow the Government’s guidelines on social distancing. We will also be introducing a conference-style interview in the near future.

    We are keen to speak experienced childcare professionals who are interested in working in our nurseries. If you are looking for a new career please do keep applying to the roles advertised on our website. Or if you would like to have a conversation with one of our Recruitment Officers please send a CV to

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Work benefits for you

At LEYF we know it’s our people that make us great, so we make sure we look after our staff inside and outside the workplace. Our LEYF benefits are among the best in the sector.

Here are just a few of the benefits for you to enjoy:

  • • 28 days annual leave per year, increasing after 5 years’ service and Public Holidays
    • Guaranteed salary increase after you successfully pass your probation
  • • 8 training days per year with our Learning & Development team
  • • 8% Employer Contribution towards your pension, available after three months service
  • • 50% discount on childcare costs at one of our nurseries

Training and Personal Development

Between the ages of 0-5 years children’s brains develop the most. Early years is therefore one of the most important and privileged stages of a child’s education to teach.
Childcare qualifications offered by LEYF include:
• Level 3 in Early Years
• LEYF degree

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An apprenticeship at London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) offers you hands-on experience and training in lively, diverse settings all while earning a salary.

We are recruiting motivated, enthusiastic and ambitious learners to join one of our nurturing environments. This course is a great stepping stone to a rewarding career in childcare.

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Interview Tips

We are still responding to applications and conducting telephone interviews and will soon have conference-style interviews in place.  Here at London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), we have created a very special interview process designed to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your interview and allow you to showcase your strengths. For more information click below:

Interview Tips

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What our Team and Teachers say

  • "We are a long-standing team who are passionate about supporting our children's development!. Our nursery is well established within the community and parents recommend us to others as well as enrol siblings."

    Sharon, Playhouse Nursery Manager
  • "My proudest moment was when we achieved an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating in 2018 as it made me reflect on how far the nursery has developed since I became a manager. The team strive every day to implement the LEYF values: fun, inspiring, nurturing, brave."

    Pauline, Ford Road Nursery Manager
  • "The staff are really motivated and always looking for innovative ways to support the development of the children. As a result, we've obtained an Ofsted Outstanding rating for the third time!"

    Carol, Gumboots Nursery Manager