12/2/2022 | Childcare & Education

Kids Planet buys its first day nursery setting in Wigan town

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of Tender Years Day Nursery in the town of Leigh in Wigan.

Tender Years day nursery in Leigh

Tender Years Day Nursery is a high-quality, family-run setting which has effective operating capacity for 120 children aged nought to five years old. It was established by its current owners, Mike and Rachel Critchley, in early 2021 as a sister setting to their successful nursery in Bolton.

The nursery operates from a large, attractive two-storey detached property in the Wigan town of Leigh in Greater Manchester and, despite challenges caused by the pandemic, it has thrived, attracting new parents from the local area and surrounding towns due to its unique offering of five large, air-conditioned rooms, an expansive outdoor learning environment, off-road parking, and freshly cooked meals.

Mike and Rachel recently decided to sell to pursue a lifestyle change.

Following a confidential sales process with Christie & Co, the setting has been sold to national operator, Kids Planet, which now has over 143 settings across the UK.

Rachel Critchley former owner, comments, “The sale of the business is for a lifestyle change. Kids Planet was the only operator that we would consider as they share the same ethos and drive to provide the best care for children. Sofia Beck supported us with the initial contact with Kids Planet and Claire Roberts, and her team provided an in depth and swift sale of our Leigh Nursery.”

Clare Roberts, CEO at Kids Planet, comments, “Tender Years Leigh is a fantastic purpose-built building that is in its infancy but has a dedicated and enthusiastic team in place that will make a great addition to Kids Planet. I am pleased to welcome the nursery into our Kids Planet family and look forward to supporting the team as they integrate into our group.”

Sofia Beck, Director – Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, comments, “After selling Mike and Rachel their first nursery in 2015, it’s been a real pleasure keeping in touch with them over the years. Seeing what they had created from the ground up with their Leigh nursery after acquiring the vacant site in the middle of the pandemic was truly impressive.

“I could see that this setting was a clear fit for Kids Planet’s growing portfolio, especially given that they previously didn’t have a presence in the town Leigh. I’d like to wish Mike and Rachel all the best for the future, and I’m certain they have left their budding nursery in excellent hands.”

Tender Years Day Nursery in Leigh was sold for an undisclosed price.

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:
Sofia Beck, Director – Childcare & Education
P: 07736 616 687 or E: sofia.beck@christie.com   

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