Exciting New Era for Leicestershire Nurseries

Three children’s nurseries in Leicestershire are now under new ownership following a sale agreement reached with former owners. 

Children 1st Day Nurseries, which is headquartered in Long Eaton, is delighted to welcome the popular Moors Farm Nursery in Hathern, The Gables Nursery in Syston and The Woodlands Nursery in Birstall to the company. The purchase of the nurseries has been supported by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

With two other nurseries in Leicestershire, one in Leicester city centre and the other in Shepshed, the purchase means that Children 1st, will now offer 488 places for children in the county. It will also offer ‘30 Hours Free Childcare’ for 3 and 4 year olds as part of the government initiative from September.

Commenting on the purchase, Margaret Mason OBE, founder and chief executive of Children 1st said: “We’ve had a presence in Leicestershire since 2005. The acquisition of the three additional premises presented a perfect opportunity to invest in the future of the nurseries and for us to further grow our business in the county.”

“It is a pleasure to welcome children, parents, carers and staff to Children 1st. I am aware of the wonderful work already ongoing at the nurseries and I look forward to working with everyone to enhance this provision still further.”

The change of ownership will result in minimal disruption for children, parents and carers. All current members of staff will continue to be employed. This will bring the total number of people employed by Children 1st in Leicestershire to 110.

In addition, it is expected that the purchase will result in job creation in Leicestershire, especially for apprentices and young people looking to begin their career in childcare.

Margaret Mason OBE adds: “We are keen to build on the high standards of childcare provided by the nurseries and improve where possible through training and development. Our staff are supported with an array of professional development opportunities both in nursery and at our training academy in Long Eaton. I encourage anyone looking to begin their career in childcare to get in touch.”

As well as this investment in staff, Children 1st also plans a significant programme of refurbishment in each nursery to enhance their learning environments, outside areas and facilities. Over the last four years, the company has invested significantly into its nursery learning environments, developing unique and innovative spaces for children to learn, develop and grow.

Kenny Nelson, Relationship Director at Royal Bank of Scotland said: “This acquisition is a significant investment for Children 1st and I am delighted that we have been able to support the continued growth of the company.”

“Having worked alongside Children 1st for over 25 years, Royal Bank of Scotland has developed an excellent relationship with the company and are pleased to have played a role in supporting their aim to bring good quality care to young children in the Midlands and South Yorkshire. Providing assistance to such a well-run and reputable family business is a real privilege and we look forward to assisting their future growth.”

From its first nursery in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, opened in 1988, the company has grown into a multi-site operation offering the very best in childcare and education in high quality, indoor and outdoor learning environments.

As the largest family owned and managed nursery provider in the UK, Children 1st is respected for providing the very best in childcare and education for children from 6 months to 5 years of age, as well as offering both before and after school care.

Children 1st are proud that 70% of its nurseries have been rated as Outstanding’ by Ofsted and looks forward to providing high-quality provision in the three new Leicestershire nurseries.

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