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Apr 17 2023

Please see message below and the attached flyer on the Leyf Chef Academy course which trains early years chefs to become experts in child nutrition.

Please also see attachment: Chef Academy PDF v2

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to open the CACHE Level 3 endorsed Chef Academy to all nurseries and Early Years settings. Our next cohorts start in May and lasts ~5 months. Discounts are available to non-profit nurseries and those that offer the 2-year-old funding entitlement.

Participating Early Years chefs will become experts in child nutrition, including everything from portion sizes and weaning, to menu-planning and managing allergies, while building their confidence to conduct exciting food-related activities with children, staff and parents. What’s more, chefs will be taught how to embed learnings from training into a whole nursery approach to healthy food and nutrition.

We have had the course evaluated externally and have gathered fantastic feedback. 100% of chefs said they would recommend the training to other nursery chefs, 100% of chefs improved their understanding of children’s health and development and age-appropriate portion sizes and 89% of chefs felt more motivated to serve healthy food. You can find our full interim impact report here, and a summary infographic attached.   

For more information, please get in touch at

Samantha Alice Jones ¦ Head of Executive Office

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)
Changing the world one child at a time | Voted UK Nursery Group of the Year two years running
Phone: 020 7834 8679 | Address: 121 Marsham Street ¦ London ¦ SW1P 4LX
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