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Exceptional freehold day nursery in North Yorkshire sold

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has completed on the sale of Safehands Day Nursery, an impressive freehold setting in the peaceful suburb of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

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Operating from an old Edwardian building and surrounded by picturesque homes and gardens, Safehands Day Nursery provides exceptional childcare with an effective operating capacity of 70 children. It is ideally located in close proximity to the Harrogate town centre and local commuter routes, including the A61 & A59.

The nursery currently holds an Outstanding Ofsted rating, with all rooms within the large building offering a light, spacious and age-specific space that caters for the varying stages of each child’s development. There is a strong demand for places at the nursery and the previous owner, Fiona opted to run the setting under full capacity, offering significant development potential to the new owners.

Safehands Day Nursery has been purchased by Just Childcare, an expanding national operator adding to their portfolio which now stands at 60 settings. Fiona is looking forward to spending more time with her growing family as a result of the sale. She comments, “Deciding to sell my nursery was a very difficult decision for me as it had been a part of my life for so long. Vicky at Christie & Co made the process so much easier, she was always on hand to answer any questions and guided me through the process making it as straightforward as possible.

“Vicky understood the kind of buyer that I was looking for as she knew how important it was for me that Safehands kept its family ethos. Just Childcare Ltd were the perfect fit offering the benefits to staff that working for a larger organisation brings but also keeping the uniqueness of the setting.

“I feel incredibly proud of what I have achieved over the years, I have worked with some amazing staff who have supported the nursery to become the success that it is today, but now I am looking forward to taking early retirement and spending some much needed time with my family.”

Vicky Marsland, Business Agent at Christie & Co handled the sale and comments, “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Fiona throughout the process and I commend her on her hard work and professionalism keeping up with the process, whilst caring for her three young boys. I sincerely wish Fiona and her family are able to move on to the next chapter in their life now that their business is in the capable hands of Just Childcare, offering a range of new opportunities to the staff, parents and children at Safehands Day Nursery.

“Thank you to all the team at Just Childcare for your hard work throughout and a final thanks to solicitors involved; Clarke Willmott LLP in Manchester who acted on behalf of the sellers and Gateley PLC, Manchester, who acted for the purchasers.”


For further information on this press release, contact:

Fiona Fieldhouse, Head of Corporate Communications

P: 020 7227 0793 or E:

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