London Early Years Foundation

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is one of London's largest charitable social enterprises, operating 39 award-winning nurseries committed to giving all children access to high quality childcare.
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Carbon reduction per employee

Reporting Boundary: Abbots Manor, Bird in Bush, Burgess Park, Camberwell Grove, Carlton Hill, Colville, Deanery Road, Earls Court, Eastbury, Ford Road, Market Day, Gumboots, Henry Fawcett, Katharine Bruce, LEYS, Marks Gate, Marsham Street, New Cross, Pembury, Play House, Barking Riverside, Soho, Weir Link, Children Garden, Furze, Harrow Road.

Emission Sources: Electricity, T&D Losses, Natural Gas, Water, Waste, Business Travel, Paper, Homeworking (excluded from footprint)

Reporting Period: 01 Apr 2021 to 31 Mar 2022


Location-based total carbon footprint

726.1 tC0₂e

Location-based total carbon footprint per employee

1.4 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint

738.0 tC0₂e

Market-based total carbon footprint per employee

1.4 tC0₂e


FTE employees

We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.



UN Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 7 SDG.


Certification story

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is one of London’s largest charitable social enterprises, operating 39 award-winning nurseries committed to giving all children access to high quality childcare.

LEYF believe that children are agents of change and their role as Early Years teachers is to prepare them for their roles and responsibilities as future citizens. The social enterprise has already developed its approach to sustainability to demonstrate economic, social and environmental impact across its triple bottom line.

With support from parents, the group of nurseries launched Green LEYF, an organisational commitment to educating its nurseries and communities they inhabit about sustainability and the environment, and how to be as ‘green-minded’ as possible. From banning single-use plastic and examining food waste to creating eco-champions and encouraging children to see the potential for creativity and fun using and reusing everyday, easy-to-source items. LEYF is continually looking for ways to decrease its environmental footprint across its settings.

Understanding and measuring its carbon footprint is the first step in identifying ways to minimise its impact on the planet. Over the next year, it will be working towards reducing its carbon emissions and sharing its journey with its community to inspire others. By being more strategic about its environmental responsibility, LEYF will be able to significantly increase its positive impact and hope to encourage continual improvements within its community.

Going beyond

Through Planet Mark, it has protected endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth; a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Its pledge through Cool Earth directly supports the Asháninka community in Central Peru.

LEYF has also helped the Eden Project – an educational charity building connections with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work together towards a better future.

Future targets

Reduce carbon emissions by at least 2.5% each year

To recertify next year London Early Years must reduce emissions by 2.5%.

Aim to reduce carbon emissions by 5% each year

A 5% year-on-year reduction is the target reduction recommended by Planet Mark.

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