About us


LifeLine Projects

Little Learners  is run by LifeLine Projects, a charity supporting young people and adults in East London.

LifeLine began in 2000, when a group of volunteers, meeting in their local coffee shop to discuss community issues, realised that they could be part of the solution. Initially supporting isolated and marginalised women, LifeLine has since grown into a large community-based social enterprise.

Our vision

We want every child that leaves Little Learners to be well-prepared and ready for school, determined to continue learning, and to have a positive effect on their friends and their community in the future.

Our mission

To this end, we will:

work in partnership with parents

Foster both confidence and an appetite for learning

Provide an environment that supports learning and development

Have high expectations for our Little Learners

Employ highly qualified and passionate staff

Our values

Our culture springs from our core values of excellence, integrity, ownership, compassion, and team.


We encourage each other to improve and succeed.


We are confident in who we are and act with honesty. We are open and never hide things.


We look after things. We’re pleased when others succeed and show empathy in disappointments.


We want the best for each other and go out of our way to be kind and support each other.


We ask for help from those more able. We offer help to those in need.

Our history


LifeLine developed a range of support services designed to equip parents with the skills that they were asking for.


LifeLine established the Parentlink forum with experts to identify best practice for local and national parent support groups.

LifeLine’s first Nursery opened. We established and ran one of the first sure start children’s centres in Barking & Dagenham, including a 60 place Nursery. We went on to manage five other children’s centres across London.


We established Totally Mums, providing ante- and post-natal care in partnership with local hospitals.


We contributed to the Government’s ‘Breakthrough Britain II’ paper, published by CSJ in 2015.


We established Little Learners independent Nursery and Pre-School in Elm Park to provide the kind of high quality Nursery that we would want for our own children. We subsequently opened a second Nursery in Ilford.


St Nicholas Avenue was rated as a GOOD provider by Ofsted.


We opened our second nursery at Ambleside Avenue in Elm Park.


St Nicholas Avenue was again rated as a GOOD provider by Ofsted.

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