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CAN Invest and LEYF

CAN Invest worked with LEYF to develop a social impact strategic roadmap to enable LEYF's Board and EMT to develop a three-year plan for impact driven decision-making

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The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is an award-winning family of 37 nurseries across London and the UK’s largest childcare social enterprise.

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CAN Invest worked with LEYF to develop a social impact strategic roadmap to enable LEYF's Board and EMT to develop a three-year plan for impact driven decision-making across the whole organisation.

On the frontline, CAN Invest produced a simple tool to enable practitioners to deliver high quality support in relation to the Home Learning Environment (HLE), aligned with academic research and LEYF's values.

CAN Invest also created a Theory of Change outlining how LEYF influences the HLE, which is the first of its kind in the early years sector, incorporating best practice academic research, meaning that LEYF can lead sector-based thinking on this crucial area.

The Invest team then developed metrics to measure, manage, and improve impact related to the HLE that were piloted in three nurseries.

Outcomes/ LEYF now has:

LEYF have used this impact management strategy roadmap to systematically prioritise measurement and management of impact from Board to frontline. 

LEYF is now able to demonstrate the importance of the HLE as an extension of nursery provision through robust data collection. This will enable LEYF to invest in higher quality HL support and develop stronger relationships with parents/carers to manage impact within the HLE.

In time, they will be able to demonstrate and manage impact, i.e which interventions work best with different types of children/families.

This provides LEYF with a richer offer to families and gives them an advantage in bidding for contracts/investment.

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