British group Busy Bees Holdings Limited, purchased Early Years Childcare Limited, the child care group with nine locations and over 685 places. This acquisition increases Busy Bees’ position in the market as the largest UK Child care group.
Early Years Childcare has an excellent reputation for providing quality care within the communities it serves, with seven of its settings receiving a ‘Good’ Ofsted outcome, and the remaining two in the top 10% of nurseries in the UK who hold an ‘Outstanding’ outcome. Early Years Childcare provides places in and around the Sussex area, Basingstoke and South East London.
Although no immediate changes to Early Years Childcare’s nurseries are planned, Busy Bees aim to work closely with nursery managers to share best practice and discuss opportunities for the enhancement of children’s experiences and continuous improvement. Busy Bees also look forward to investing further in the resources and infrastructure of each of the Early Years Childcare settings.
Ian Steel, the owner of Early Years Childcare, said: “Early Years Childcare took the decision to sell the business to Busy Bees after concluding that, as a large, well-resourced organisation, they are able to focus all their attention on expanding the business whilst ensuring the very highest levels of care and service to customers and their children.
“Busy Bees have shown tremendous dedication to the acquisition and have proved to be a reliable acquirer, making what could be a difficult transition for all involved, an efficient and straightforward transaction.”
Marg Randles, Managing Director at Busy Bees, commented: “We have been working closely with Early Years Childcare to ensure the handover goes as smoothly as possible for children, parents and staff. We recognise that any change may cause some nervousness but we will be keeping everyone informed every step of the way, as we support staff to constantly develop the excellent care, resources and services the nurseries currently provide. We have developed a well-respected and successful business over the last 28 years mainly through acquisition and remain passionate about the quality of care within our settings. We believe that Early Years Childcare is an excellent addition to our portfolio.
“We have been impressed with the commitment of the staff and their drive to provide an excellent service to children and parents. “Nursery managers and their staff teams will continue to play the most important role, working with children and families, both current and future.”