The Big Issue wants to celebrate the Changemakers that are making the world a better place through all the hard work they do every day. Each year we take the time to look back and thank them for the time and effort they put in to helping others.
The London Early Years Foundation is one such organisation making a positive difference through their approach to childcare in the capital.
London Early Years Foundation, which receives support from The Big Issue’s social enterprise investment arm, Big Issue Invest, operates 39 award-winning nurseries in some of the capital’s most disadvantaged areas, providing childcare to more than 4,000 children across 12 London boroughs. The foundation’s work is crucial at a time when children’s services are being cut, childcare is becoming more expensive for low-income families and people facing hardship are driven deeper into poverty.
June O’Sullivan, CEO of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), spoke to us about their work.
In what ways would you say what you do at the LEYF nurseries is different?
All of our profits are reinvested back into the business, which means we can deliver our social mission and provide early learning and education to over a third of children in London who otherwise may not have access to it. There is clear evidence that children who attend nurseries with good quality education have better outcomes in life.