2/16/2024 | Childcare & Education

Group of four unique Surrey & Hampshire day nurseries sold to Bright Stars

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of a group of four day nursery settings across Surrey and Hampshire, trading as Barnkids Nurseries.

Barnkids Nurseries group located across Surrey and Hampshire


Barnkids Nurseries is a small, independently-owned group of nurseries that use nature to inspire great things within the settings and beyond. The group comprises four settings - Barnkids and Fairlands Day Nursery - which utilise forest school and outdoor learning to make the most of their rural locations – and Puddleducks Day Nursery and The Friendly Fish Day Nursery & Beach School - which have made the most of their seaside locations through their beach schools. Together, the settings can accommodate up to 264 children between the ages of three months and five years.

Barnkids Nurseries’ former owners, Laura and Darragh Jones, have a unique eye for opportunities and, despite acquiring all four nurseries separately, they managed to transform them into a group of highly profitable nurseries with quality childcare at their core. The pair recently decided to sell to allow them to pursue new business ventures.

All four settings have now been purchased by Bright Stars Education, bringing the group to 109 settings across the UK.

Laura and Darragh Jones, former owners of Barnkids Nurseries, comment, “We are delighted to have found an exceptional nursery group in Bright Stars who share our vision and enthusiasm for outdoor education. We chose Bright Stars as we felt they share our commitment to providing high-quality education, as well as fostering a nurturing environment for our team and children. We felt that the values and principles that we have built will continue to remain at the core of the Barnkids group post-acquisition, and their expertise and resources will contribute to the continued growth and success of all of the nurseries.”

Kirsty Ibbott, M&A Director at Bright Stars Education, comments, “We are thrilled to welcome all four settings into the Bright Stars family. Although the previous owners acquired the nurseries individually, they successfully transformed them into a cohesive group with a focus on quality childcare and incorporating outdoor learning to make the most of their rural locations. We are committed to maintaining the high standards of childcare and nurturing environments that Barnkids Nurseries is known for. We look forward to building upon their success and providing exceptional early education experiences for children in these settings.”

Sophie Willcox, Director – Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, comments, “I have known Laura for many years after selling her her first nursery, Barnkids, in 2016, followed by Fairlands in 2020, so I was delighted to have gone full circle and assist in the sale of the whole group. Bright Stars is the perfect fit, as they will maintain what makes each nursery unique. I wish them all the best for the future of the nurseries.”

Barnkids Nurseries was sold for an undisclosed price.

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For further information on this press release, contact:
Phoebe Burrows, Corporate Communications Manager
P: 07540 063 598 or E: phoebe.burrows@christie.com

Contact the agent:
Sophie Willcox, Director – Childcare & Education
P: 07736 620 855 or E: sophie.willcox@christie.com

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