10/23/2023 | Childcare & Education

Trio of Dudley day nurseries acquired by Kids Planet

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of three day nursery settings trading as The Learning Journey Nursery Ltd in Dudley, West Midlands.

The Learning Journey Nursery Ltd - a group of three day nursery settings in Dudley, West Midlands.

The settings – The Bromley, Waterfront, and Kingswinford – which cater for a total of 334 children aged between nought and four years old, all benefit from busy locations and ‘Good’ CQC ratings.

For the last 10 years, they have been owned by Penny Virdee - a key contributor in the sector with a wealth of experience and contacts across the region – who recently decided to sell to spend more time with her children and to travel abroad.

The day nurseries have now been acquired by Kids Planet Day Nurseries, taking the group to 170 across the UK.

Penny Virdee, former owner, comments, “After nearly 11 years of dedicated service, I am pleased to announce the successful transition of The Learning Journey group to Kids Planet. I founded the business with a commitment to meet the unique needs of children, particularly our beloved daughter, Maiya. I wanted to make a real difference and address the significant gap in care for children with additional needs. The Learning Journey is something my family and I are deeply proud of, and choosing the right buyer to hand our legacy to was extremely important. Kids Planet shares our ethos and is the perfect partner for advancing our mission. Collaborating with Kids Planet through the process has been a pleasure and I thank them for making it as smooth as possible.

“I step away with immense gratitude and optimism. I couldn’t have chosen a better company for this new chapter, and I am confident that under Kids Planet’s guidance, my team will continue to deliver the highest standard of care.”

Clare Roberts, CEO at Kids Planet Day Nurseries, comments, A warm welcome to the teams within The Learning Journey Nursery group – three family-feel settings with qualified and caring staff – that align with our Kids Planet approach. We look forward to supporting them as they join the Kids Planet family.”

Jassi Sunner, Associate Director – Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, comments, “Penny has built a fantastic business with an experienced team that delivers her work ethic and ethos in abundance. This has been the cornerstone of the nurseries for a number of years and something that Kids Planet will benefit from going forward. Kids Planet continues to expand across the Midlands with these fantastic additions. This transaction is a good example of a deliverable buyer collaborating with a seller to ensure a successful outcome is achieved. The appetite from buyers across the region remains persistent for quality settings in key locations surrounded by residential suburbs and key commuter routes for parents who use the nurseries.”

The Learning Journey Nursery Ltd 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:
Jassi Sunner, Associate Director – Childcare & Education
P: 07791 979 343 or E: jassi.sunner@christie.com

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