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Childcare Businesses for Sale

Our award-winning team are the market leaders across Childcare & Education sectors. Our team are renowned across the entire range of ‘childcare and education businesses’, as the market leaders and sector ‘go to’ advisors, from conception to exit.

Start your search here for childcare and education businesses for sale.

All of the UK childcare & education businesses and assets from which they trade have been personally inspected by one of our experienced agents, who will be pleased to answer any questions you might have.

Childcare & education businesses, that provide services for babies, children and young adults are incredibly diverse and highly regulated. Although each operational business across the varied childcare & education sectors may have their own operational idiosyncrasies, differing regulatory environments, challenges and opportunities, all are connected by the proprietor and the workforces desire to deliver the best experiences, support,  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 childcare and education sector experts provide services across the entire business life cycle, from conception to exit.

Our team are #HereToHelp. Click on the Childcare & Education Business Sector icons to find out how we can help you set up, find, sell or grow your business. 

Looking to buy an Early Childhood Education & Care (ECEC) business, day nursery, school, specialist or looked after childcare business?  Start your search here

 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


Get in touch: 

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

Childcare & Education Businesses for Sale 

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.

Childcare and Education 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. Childcare and education sectors are increasingly seen as an attractive investment class, offering scope for solid long-term earnings and success.

Established childcare and education portfolios

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 2022.


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