Children’s day nurseries in Bessacarr and Hatfield near Doncaster have been sold to growing regional group operator Just Childcare.
St Mary’s Day Nursery and Small World Day Nursery are both Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ with a combined effective operating capacity for 242 children.
Having established the nurseries 15 years ago, after struggling to find quality day care for their own children, previous owners Jonathon and Donna Woodhead decided to sell in order to retire from the sector and focus on other business interests. Donna said: “After 15 fantastic years building the nurseries from humble beginnings to the successful and outstanding establishments that they are today, we have decided it is our time to step down and hand over the reins. We have many wonderful memories and would like to thank all of the staff who have a real passion for childcare and parents past and present who have helped make the nurseries what they are today.”
Just Childcare’s acquisition of the properties, which was managed by Christie and Co, means they now have a portfolio of 55 settings across the North West, Yorkshire and South West of England. CEO David Johnson said: “Jonathon and Donna have done a brilliant job and it will be a pleasure to take over from their hard work, continuing the nurseries’ exceptional care and education standards.
“We have had an exciting period in 2019, with several settings joining the Just Childcare family and we look forward to investing in and growing our group throughout the rest of this year.”
Vicky Marsland, Business Agent at Christie & Co who handled the sale, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with both the buyers and sellers throughout this transaction. It was a big decision for both Jonathan and Donna to retire from the industry, and I commend them for their hard work and professionalism throughout. I wish them both the best with their future endeavours.
“It certainly helped having the support of the team at Just Childcare, and we were able to complete the transaction within the desired timeframe. I am confident that these settings will be a fantastic addition to their growing group.”