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Nine Yorkshire nurseries acquired by national child care provider

Bradford-based Kinder Haven has been sold to nursery group Kids Planet for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2002 by husband-and-wife team, Darren and Danielle Dixon, Kinder Haven has steadily grown via an organic development strategy and comprises nine children’s day nurseries.

All settings trade from converted facilities providing an aggregate operating capacity of approximately 930 nursery places. They are located across West Yorkshire and sit within close proximity of each other, providing access for operational management and workforce staff optimisation purposes.

Following on from its most recent purchase of Rainbows Nursery in Tadcaster, in the last month alone Kids Planet now owns over 1,100 childcare places in the region.

Danielle commented: “Having made the decision to sell Kinder Haven it was important for us to choose a company with a great reputation and the same ethos and values.

“We are delighted to have chosen Kids Planet to nurture the Kinder Haven family, continue the legacy and take it to the next level. Kids Planet was the right fit for us, they are a hugely successful nursery group dedicated to providing exceptional childcare with a strong commitment to staff development.

“We would like to thank all the families and staff, past and present. It has been an honour to have been able to care for so many children and to work with such inspirational team members over the last 20 years.

Danielle concluded: “We are also thankful to have been advised and supported by our teams at law firm Gordons, accountants BHP and property advisers Christie & Co during the sale. Their professionalism and commitment has been invaluable throughout this transaction.”

The sale was handled by Vicky Marsland and Nick Brown at Christie & Co.

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