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Child Centric Sectors

Our team are renowned across the entire spectrum of child centric centred business, as the market leaders and sector ‘go to’ advisors, from conception to exit.

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Child Centric businesses, which provide services for babies, children and young adults are incredibly diverse and highly regulated. While each operational business across the varied child centric sectors may have their own operational idiosyncrasies, differing regulatory environments, challenges and opportunities, inherently all are connected in striving to deliver the best experiences, support, nurture, care and education for the children, young people, families and communities that they serve.


Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)


Independent Education


Specialist Childcare and Education


Looked After Childrens Services


Family Activities and Attractions

Christie & Co’s expertise was founded in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECEC) over 20 years ago. Having become the UK’s ‘go to’ day nursery experts our expertise now spans a wide range of co-related child centric sectors, driven by new market emergence and demand for our services.  

Spanning ECEC, children’s day nurseries, kindergartens, independent schools, private tuition colleges, outward bounds activity centres, specialist childcare, looked after childcare services, family activities and attractions; our team of child centric sector experts provide services across the entire business life cycle, from conception to exit.

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Early Childhood Education and Care
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
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

Get in touch: 

Courteney Donaldson
  Managing Director - Childcare & Education
  T: 0161 833 6924

Child Centric Sectors Market Activity - Overview

Our Child Centric Sector team continue to see unprecedented prices for quality businesses being achieved across the UK, Europe and Internationally. While a very positive landscape for high quality, established businesses, a divergent market is evident between successful businesses, those facing increased financial challenges and those in distress, we expect the disparity between success and distress to widen during forthcoming years.
Our team take great pleasure in assisting UK, European and global ECEC operators and investors with their business planning, mergers, acquisitions and divestment activity, alongside providing a range of consultancy, valuation, investment and landlord and tenant advisory services.
Child Centric markets have demonstrated great resilience over many decades and market activity, demand and valuations for quality businesses have been exceptionally buoyant during the past 24-36 months. High calibre single assets remain sought after by first-time buyers, existing providers and new, prospective investors alike. Child centric sectors are increasingly seen as an attractive investment class, offering scope for solid long-term earnings and success.

Established portfolios that can demonstrate a proven track record and a solid, experienced management team are expected to remain attractive; particularly to larger corporate groups, new international entrants and investors. High quality portfolios will continue to attract premiums, reflecting the value of how difficult it is to establish and grow a quality, successful and densely located portfolio with consistent and sustainable earnings.

Consolidation opportunities remain across many of the established child centric sectors with existing providers and new entrants increasingly striving to succeed via consolidation in a bid to pursue buy and build growth delivery strategies, alongside organic developments.
Christie & Co’s Managing Director is a Co-Opted Trustee of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and we are proud to also lend our support, as a Visionary Sponsor of the ECEC World Forum, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada in 2021.

Courteney Donaldson
  Managing Director - Childcare & Education
  T: 0161 833 6924