North West nursery group Just Childcare - the 12th largest nursery group in the UK - has secured over £12million funding in support of the company’s plans for expansion and development.
The group - which currently operates nurseries in the North West and Yorkshire – is today also pleased to announce the acquisition of five-strong nursery group Abbeywood Tots in Bristol.
The acquisition has taken Just Childcare from 33 to 38 nurseries and also sees the nursery group extending its operations to the Southern region. The group now offers 2,752 child places across its settings, all of which are Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’.
Just Childcare was established in 2004 by David and Jacqueline Johnson, who have seen the family of day nurseries grow from 7 settings to 38 in the last three years. Those three years have also seen the development of Just Childcare’s Central Support Function in Manchester, led by an experienced Management Team with professionals specialising in areas from Operations, Safeguarding and Quality Support to HR and Finance. The teams are dedicated to making sure Just Childcare’s childcare practitioners have everything they need to provide a high-quality service to local families.
Over the last 18 months the group has invested in the refurbishment of the majority of its settings, many of which have Forest Schools, sensory rooms and a variety of stimulating themes including fairy tales, jungles and fun-loving monsters.
David Johnson, Director at Just Childcare said:
“Having built our reputation for providing a supportive, nurturing and inspiring service to thousands of families in the North, we are now looking forward to offering the very same to families living in the South.
“The substantial investment we have received from Allied Irish Bank and Phoenix Equity Partners has enabled us to realise our vision of extending our reach across the country, and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome the Abbeywood Tots children, parents and staff to our family.
“Jacqueline and I have previous experience of working with nurseries in Bristol, and are very much looking forward to returning to this wonderful community and working with our new colleagues.”
Two of the Bristol nurseries are Ofsted ‘Outstanding’, two are Ofsted ‘Good’, whilst the fifth is a newly registered start-up. In the coming months Just Childcare - which has been named as one of the UK’s Top 20 Recommended Large Nursery Groups by daynurseries.co.uk for the last three years - will be working with the Abbeywood Tots teams to provide them with the support they need to continue delivering the best possible care for parents and children.