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Group of four nurseries acquired by All About Children

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has completed on the sale of Daybreak Nursery Group, a portfolio of four day care settings located across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, to growing regional operator, All About Children.

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The highly regarded group comprises two settings in Amersham and two in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, situated in easily accessible town centre and residential locations. Each of the settings provides a home from home environment for children, being equipped to the highest standard throughout and with an exceptional reputation for childcare.

Having been established by the three directors Sarah Dodds, Kath Curtis and Sally Lewis in 2004, the business has grown over the years and they have successfully built up a management run group which boasts an annual turnover in excess of £2.3 million. They comment, “We feel after 15 years of offering quality childcare locally in Amersham and Rickmansworth, the next step for the nurseries is to join a group who can continue our hard work and have the same ethos as us, and we believe All About Children are the ideal group to do this.”

All About Children, an expanding regional operator now with circa 30 sites across the UK, has acquired the Daybreak Nursery Group to add to its portfolio of exceptional settings. Russell Ford, Director of All About Children, comments, “We’re always looking to bring flagship nurseries or small, high quality groups of nurseries into our group, and we’re delighted to have acquired Daybreak Nurseries. We really like what Sarah, Kath and Sally have built, and thank them for choosing us as buyers and being so helpful and supportive throughout the process. We are looking forward to welcoming their staff teams to All About Children. Thanks to Nick Brown and the Christie & Co team too, for helping throughout the process.”

Nick Brown, Head of Brokerage – Childcare at Christie & Co, handled the sale and comments, “It has been a pleasure working with the previous owners of Daybreak, as this has been a relationship built over several years, advising on an ongoing basis on how to maximise value and preparing the business and themselves for an eventual sale. For any owner or owners, the sale process can be a stressful time but being prepared and having the right advice and guidance from an experienced broker helps to make this as smooth as possible. The sale has enabled the previous owners to achieve their aim of retirement from the sector in the knowledge that they have maximised the value of their business.

“We would like to wish Russell and the team at All About Children all the best with this acquisition and the further growth of the company.”

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