Childcare and education businesses are always in demand. Interested in buying one? View our range here, and learn more about the sector.

When it comes to buying and selling businesses in the childcare and education world, Christie & Co is the market leader. Our award-winning team offers tremendous experience and expertise in every area of the industry.

Childcare & Education Business For Sale

Whether you’re looking to invest in a business to overhaul, acquire a highly-performant operation, or cash in on an existing asset, we can save you time and ensure that you get the best possible arrangement.

Every childcare or education business we list has been carefully inspected by one of our experienced agents, and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. Ready to find a childcare or education business? 

We first entered the world of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECEC) over 20 years ago. Since then, we’ve accrued great expertise spanning numerous child-centric sectors, driven onwards by the emergence of new markets and a steady demand for our services.

Our selection of childcare and education businesses encompasses all businesses that provide services for babies, children, and even young adults. Here’s a list of categories that we consistently represent through the companies we list:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)
  • Children’s Day Nurseries
  • Kindergartens
  • Independent Schools
  • Private Tuition Colleges
  • Specialist Childcare and Education
  • Looked-After-Children’s Services
  • Family Activities and Attractions

These operations are incredibly diverse and highly regulated, placing great demands on their owners, but they can be greatly profitable. Additionally, they make for great passion projects, often backed by people who want to contribute to their communities.

Whatever you need, our team is here to help. Whether you need assistance finding a childcare or education business, selling a childcare or education business you already own, or simply answering a burning question, get in touch! 

Courteney Donaldson
Managing Director - Childcare & Education Sectors
T: 0161 833 6924
E: Courteney.Donaldson@christie.com

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)

0 - 5 years

Children’s Day Nurseries; Full day-care 50/52-week provision

Kindergarten & Pre-Schools; Term Time Only

Wrap around care; Breakfast, after school clubs, holiday & activity schemes 

Independent Education

3 - 19 years

Independent Schools; Day & Boarding

Private Language Colleges

Private Sixth Form Colleges

Education Enrichment (Activities); Residential and day camps

Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM); Businesses tutoring students in four specific disciplines

Private Tuition Centres; Including franchised centres

Pupil Referral Units (PRU) and Alternative Provision (AP); Education for children who cannot go to mainstream schools

Specialist Care & Education

0 - 19 years

Children's Homes

Day and Residential schools

Therapeutic Communities; Providing therapeutic residential care and education

Intervention Therapy Services

Mental Health Services

Secure and semi-secure units

Looked After Care - Children's Services

0 - 19 years

Independent Forster Care Agencies; (IFA's)

Residential Children's Homes; Including secure welfare

Mother & Baby; Residential Assessment Centres

Family Support Services

Leaving Care Services

Independent Living Support

Step Down Accommodation for care leavers 

Family Activities & Attractions

Soft play centres

Petting Farms

Trampoline Centres

Children's party venues

Adventure Worlds


Theme Parks

Should you buy childcare or education businesses?

If you ended up on this page accidentally, or you’re not quite sure about proceeding, you might want to know why you should consider these businesses over all others. Who are the right entrepreneurs to purchase and grow these operations? Here are some questions you should ask yourself to see if you’re the right person for this avenue:

  • Do you want to invest in a community? If you’re only interested in profit and loss, running a business of this kind will prove highly challenging. When times get tough, having genuine emotional investment in succeeding will make your life much easier.
  • Are you willing to deal with tight regulations? As you’d expect given the involvement of minors, laws and limitations change on a semi-regular basis. If you can’t handle this, you might want to look elsewhere.
  • Do you have experience running a business? Someone looking to make their first business purchase should strongly reconsider investing in a childcare or education operation. It’s a huge challenge, and they’d struggle to face it adeptly.

If you’re eager to do something worthwhile, ready to thread legal needles, and accustomed to the stresses of business management, this might be the path for you. Due to natural demand, strong childcare and education facilities perform well year after year, being relatively unaffected by economic fluctuations and the performance of other industries.

What should business buyers look for?

If you’re thinking about buying a business in this sector, what should you look for? Well, it depends heavily on what you’re aiming to achieve. If you want to support your community, of course, you’ll need to find somewhere local. If you want to provide support for young people facing specific issues, you’ll need to limit your search accordingly.

From a pure business perspective, though, you should look for operations with decent growth potential. Stagnation is always a possibility, particularly for educational facilities. What physical faculties are on offer? Are there any legal actions in progress? Most significantly, though, there are two questions worth considering:

If it’s an independent business, is there a high-value brand?

The value of a brand for a business of this kind lies in community trust and general accomplishment. If you purchase a childcare business with a fantastic track record, you’ll only need to reassure people that the quality of service won’t decline — whereas if you buy one with a bad reputation, you’ll have to work extremely hard to change that.

If it’s a franchise, will the franchise sell everything you’ll need?

A national (or international) chain of childcare centres may operate as a franchise, selling specific centres to entrepreneurs. If you find such an opportunity, you’ll need to determine what exactly you’ll get from the deal. Will you get all the resources you’ll need to succeed, or will you have to put in even more money to cover all the bases?

How should you run a childcare or education business?

Once you buy a business of this kind, the hard work begins. You need to know how to run the business effectively. Here’s some simple insight to get you started:

What goes into a successful children’s day nursery?

If you’re running a day nursery, you need to focus on factors including safety, reliability, and affordability. Safety is the top priority: above all else, parents want to keep their children safe. Reliability is key because schedules change and people need to know that you’ll be there when they need you.

Affordability is contextual, so you can certainly charge more in an expensive area, but charging too much will cause immense damage to your reputation. You might not have any competition to begin with, but overcharging will ensure that you lose business if a competitor arrives.

What do parents look for in children’s education?

If you’re running a school (or some other kind of educational facility), what should you focus on? Again, context is vital here. If it’s typical for children in the area to attend university, parents might be fixated on meeting high academic standards. If it isn’t, they might care more about instilling certain virtues, such as empathy or diligence.

In the end, the best thing to do is communicate with the parents as extensively as possible, listening closely to their comments and doing your best to accommodate them. That’s how you’ll arrive at the best results and keep everyone happy.

Running a childcare or education business is complicated and challenging, but it has its rewards: you get to benefit from great industry stability and enjoy ample opportunities to help the surrounding community grow. If you’ve been through this piece and determined that it’s the right avenue for you, get in touch: we can help you make the right decisions.

Courteney Donaldson
Managing Director - Childcare & Education
T: 0161 833 6924
E: Courteney.Donaldson@christie.com