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London Early Years Foundation

London Early Years Foundation

London Early Years Foundation

The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is social enterprise that has been providing early years education since 1903. Working with 3,000 families each year via 26 nurseries across London. LEYF believes that early years education is a catalyst for long-term change, and not simply a business in itself.


London, United Kingdom

27 May 2014

Opportunity has expired

Compensation details:
Pay: Monthly stipend to be agreed

Employer tags:
Social Enterprise
Esc Factor:
Social Impact
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Acquisitions Associate

Opportunity to work closely with the Business Development team to identify and approach new nurseries which have the potential to join LEYF

London, United Kingdom

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Compensation details:
Pay: Monthly stipend to be agreed

Job Type:
Entry Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
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Acquisitions Associate

Early childhood intervention has been identified as one of the most effective and cost efficient ways of improving economic and social prospects. The London Early Year's Foundation (LEYF) is the UK’s most well-known and respected childcare charity and social enterprise, providing day care and parenting support to families in 26 community nurseries across 7 London boroughs.

With social outcomes having equal value with economic drivers, LEYF has a proven model of profitable nurseries, cost-recovery, and subsidised nurseries so that highest quality childcare can be made sustainable and available to children from different backgrounds across London.

LEYF is growing its family of nurseries from 26 to 50 and is aiming to reach 5000 children by 2017. It is currently a £10m social enterprise, and has already secured financial commitments from social investors seeking to partner with it in this growth.

LEYF is now looking for two or three Acquisitions Associate to help realise its growth. This role will have a substantial impact on LEYF’s ability to deliver its growth agenda in the next 2 years. The Acquisitions Associates will work closely with the Head of Business Growth and Business Development Director to identify and approach nurseries which have the potential to join LEYF.

The Central Office team at LEYF is an ambitious but fun group of people, many of whom have recently left the private sector to further LEYF’s award-winning social enterprise model. For this position, experience of charitable or social enterprise organisations is not required, but a strong interest in the work of LEYF, flexibility, and a drive for results are essential.


  • Location in Westminster

  • Full time preferred, part time possible

  • Period: 3 months 

  • Closing date: Friday 13th June

  • Start date: immediate

Job purpose:

  • To research existing nurseries in London and recommend which nurseries to approach with the aim of acquiring them

  • To support the business development team with due diligence on potential acquisitions

Main accountabilities:

  1. To conduct market research on nurseries in several London boroughs and recommend which ones that LEYF should approach based on agreed criteria

  2. To support the Growth team in approaching nurseries

  3. To support the Growth team in due diligence on acquisitions


Problem Solving/Decision Making/Complexity

The areas of complexity arise from making decisions based on incomplete and/or ambiguous data.


Skills and Experience


Applicants should have experience of online research and synthesising results. Ideally you will have an understanding of business finance.


Skills required for the requirements of the role:


  • Analytical skills

  • Verbal/written communication

  • Confident phone manner

  • Self and time management

  • Comfortable using Excel, Powerpoint and Word

Personal qualities required for the role:


  • Persistence

  • Bias for action and achievement

  • Effective team working

  • Interest in finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, education

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