Working with LEYF

Our social purpose is to give London’s children – especially those most in need – the best start in life by providing access to high-quality, affordable Early Years education.

We are a growing organisation. All of our nurseries contribute to achieving our social purpose, so wherever you are in LEYF you can know you are making a difference to children’s lives.

We value our staff. Our teams work hard, and in return we reward and support you and your professional development. We also call all our nursery staff ‘teachers’ to recognise your important role in children’s learning and development.

View all our benefits here


Group of staff receiving award at staff conference

Flexible working

We provide a range of shift patterns to fit with your lifestyle. Visit our Ways of working page to find out more about our flexible approach.


Having a family

Mums and dads are valued at LEYF. Here are the parental leave benefits we offer our staff:

Maternity or adoption leave Once you have been with LEYF for 2 years, we will pay you 50% of your salary for 12 weeks while on maternity leave.
Paternity leave We give our dads 2 weeks’ full pay so you can enjoy those special first moments.
Fourth year plus You can share up to 37 weeks’ paid parental leave between you and your partner, paid as per statutory guidelines.
Special leave Up to 5 days a year discretionary special leave used for exceptional circumstances.



Everyone works hard at LEYF and we offer up to 36 days’ annual leave per year including 8 bank holidays plus 3 days over Christmas.

Birthday leave

All permanent full-time staff are given an additional day of annual leave to celebrate their birthday.

Holiday buy and sell scheme

Staff can buy up to 5 additional days of annual leave, or sell up to 8 days’ holiday (from 1st October 2022).

Members of staff hugging at staff conference


Nursery discount

We offer a fantastic 50% discount on nursery fees to all permanent staff if you would like your child to join a LEYF nursery.


Generous pension

Our pension is one of the best in the sector. We know it is not easy to save for your retirement, so we help you by contributing 7% into your pension while you contribute just 1% – this is tax-free too. So, when you pay in 80p, your pension grows by £8 because of LEYF’s contribution and tax relief! More information on the LEYF pension scheme and our generous contribution levels can be found at the Royal London website.


Grow with us

LEYF salaries are competitive in the sector and our award-winning training means there is plenty of opportunity to progress and jump to the next salary band.



If you are a manager, our ILM Level 3 Award in Effective Coaching will support you to take a coaching approach with your team within their day-to-day roles, as well as enable them to ensure the team experiences the LEYF values in practice.


Refer a Friend bonus

LEYF rewards staff who Refer a Friend. You will receive a £550 bonus as a thank you when someone you recommend joins our team and successfully completes their probation

Two members of staff for refer a friend campaign

Bill referred his mum, Annie, and she now works as a lunchtime assistant at one of our nurseries

Helping you just a little bit more

Season ticket loan

You can borrow the money interest-free to buy an annual season ticket and pay us back monthly.


We have a partnership with another social enterprise called Bikeworks who can provide training on road safety and advice on purchasing a good second-hand bike to cycle to work.

Staff discount portal

When you join our Employee Purchase Programme, you will receive discounts on purchases from high street brands such as Sainsbury’s, Currys and Apple.

Support for managers

We offer a support service for managers dealing with important and challenging issues within their team.

Members of staff at the LEYF staff conference

Your well-being

The well-being of our teams is very important at LEYF and as well as giving you access to an advisor for free, you can also access a range of help online.

Headspace App

You can also register and download the Headspace App. Headspace helps you create life-changing habits to support your mental health and find a healthier, happier you.

Register and download the Headspace App for free.

GLL gym discount

You can take care of your physical health with 10% off GLL gym membership.

Members of staff at the LEYF staff conference

Employee Assistance Programme

Our Employee Assistance Programme is FREE to support you during difficult times.

Support and counselling for home-life issues – Specialist support for challenges such as a relationship breakdown, bereavement or infertility.

Support and counselling for work-related issues – Specialist telephone support for issues related to work.

Financial and legal – Our qualified legal professionals provide specialist support on a range of personal issues.

Support for managers – A support service for managers dealing with important and challenging people management issues.

Fast access – You can access support via email.

Members of staff at the LEYF staff conference

Stronger together

We are strong on teamwork at LEYF and live our values, which are brave, inspiring, nurturing and fun. We rely on each other and are united by our mission to change the world one child at a time.

Diversity and inclusion

At LEYF, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of who we are. We strive to foster belonging and empowerment at work. We know that having different perspectives makes us stronger and value every individual for what they bring to our community.

Celebrating differences

LEYF is an organisation which champions tolerance and understanding of the differences between people so that no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged on account of their beliefs. We don’t organise our nurseries around religious identities or promote religious worldviews. We welcome all staff, children and parents regardless of their religious or non-religious backgrounds.

Members of staff at LEYF Conference


Join LEYF and really make a difference to children’s lives. We are not driven by profits. We are impelled by the need to provide the best quality education and care every day in our nurseries, as we know this will make the biggest difference to children’s futures.

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Working at LEYF

Find out more about what it's like to work in our family of 39 nurseries.

LEYF Staff in a training room being taught the LEYF Degree

LEYF Training Academy

LEYF’s Training Academy is the first of its kind: a world-class academy of Early Years training and research.

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