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For your guide to the who, what and where of nursery chains, our directory gives you all the information you need Dolphin Nurseries

For your guide to the who, what and where of nursery chains, our directory gives you all the information you need

Dolphin Nurseries

Head office: 5 Burgess Mews, Wycliffe Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 1 UF. Tel: 020 8542 7200 Fax: 020 8542 7265. Website: www.dolphinnurseries.com.Directors: Martin Pace, Alnur Dhanani, Ole Bettum, Fritz Ternofsky. Established: 2000. Owns 1 nursery: Upminster, Essex (42). Places: 42. Employees: 20

Plans: Three further nurseries in development at present in Essex, south and central London. Funding in place to open 10 nurseries in the south east over the next four years.

Earlyworld Nurseries. Head office: Collina House, Oxon Business Park, Welshpool Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY3 5HJ. Tel: 01743 244 600 Fax: 01743 341 500. Website: www.earlyworld.co.uk.Managing director: Paul Edwards. Established: 1995. Owns 3 nurseries: Shrewsbury (118), Hadley Park, Telford (109), Stafford Court, Telford (110). 1 out-of-school-club: Shrewsbury (57). Places: 337. Employees: 120. Plans: To open a fourth purpose-built nursery in Shropshire and further enhance training, benefits and career prospects.

Early Years Childcare

Head office: 42 Wilbury Villas, Hove, East Sussex BN3 6GD. Tel: 01273 778775 Fax: 01273 724583. E-mail: earlyyrs@pavillion.co.uk.Managing director: Julie Bates. Established: 1989.

Owns/manages 9 nurseries: Horsham, Sussex (110), Hove, Sussex (74), Worthing (57), Crawley, Sussex (27), Brighton (71), Lewes, Sussex (51), Runcorn, Cheshire (50), Sheffield (51), Greenwich, London (50)

Also operates: 8 holiday play schemes, 2 after-school clubs, 1 creche

Places: 541. Employees: 280.

Plans: To open 2-3 nurseries per year for the next five years.

Early Years Childcare Group

Head office: Manor Farm, Castle Hill, East Leake, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 6LU. Tel/fax: 01509 852797. E-mail: enquiries@manor-farm-animal-centre.co.uk.Partners: Glennis Robinson, Rita Thurman. Established: 1980.

Owns 4 nurseries: Adbolton Kindergarten, Nottingham (65), Bingham Day Nursery (50), East Leake Day Nursery (70), Trent Fields Kindergarten, Nottingham (70). Out-of-school and holiday club, East Leake (34), Manor Farm Animal Centre (educational resource), Loughborough. Careercare (City & Guilds NVQ training and staff development programme)

Places: 255. Employees: 107

Eaton Square Schools

Head office: 79 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PP. Tel: 020 7931 9469 Fax: 020 7828 0164. Directors: Yvonne Cuthbert (principal), Alison Jones (director of nursery schools)

Established: 1981. Owns 5 nursery schools: 79 Eccleston Square Nursery School, London (28), 28 Eccleston Street Nursery School, London (21), 30 Eccleston Street Nursery School, London (24), The Boltons Nursery School, London (32), Twickenham Park Day Nursery (55), and 2 mother and toddler groups

Places: 160. Employees: 33.

Plans: Further growth of afternoon sessions in order to incorporate two-year-olds in Westminster-based nursery schools.

The Edinburgh Nursery

Head office: 3 Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh EH7 4JQ. Tel: 0131 556 9252 Fax: 0131 478 5653. Website: www.edinburghnursery.com.Director: Karen Fairlamb. Established: 1986. Owns/manages 5 nurseries: The Gyle Nursery for Marks & Spencer, Edinburgh (40), East London Street (18), Broughton Street (8), Beaverhall Road (31), Broughton Street (20) (all in Edinburgh)

Places: 117. Employees: 42.

Edith Rose Day Nursery

Head office: South Lodge, Station Road, Sunningdale, Berkshire SL5 OQW. Tel/fax: 01344 873140. Directors: Rebecca Fishwick, Nicola Sowerby. Established: 1988. Owns 3 nurseries: Windsor, Berks (24), Sunningdale, Berks (27), Banbury, Oxfordshire (30)

Places: 81. Employees: 26.

Educare for Early Years

Head office: Walshaw Road, Bury, Lancashire BL8 1PL. Tel: 0161 763 6636 Fax: 0161 761 7700. Proprietors: David and Mandy Owen. Established: July 1996. Owns 2 nurseries: Bury (61), Rawtenstall (88). Places: 149. Employees: 45

Elm Park Nursery Group

Head office: 90 Clarence Avenue, Clapham, London SW4 8JR. Tel/fax: 020 8660 2538. Partners: Sandra Taylor, Enley Taylor. Established: 1991. Owns 4 nurseries: Elm Park Nursery, Clapham (72), Riverside Nursery, Putney (60), Wiltshire Nursery, Brixton (40), Elm Park Nursery, Tooting Common, Streatham (34) (all in London).

Places: 206. Employees: 65.

The Eveline Day and Nursery Schools

Head office: 30 Ritherdon Road, Tooting Bec, London SW17 8QD. Tel: 020 8672 7549 Fax: 020 8672 7259. Established: 1964. Directors: Maria Keaveney-Jessiman, Alfred Clifford Jessiman, Eveline Drut, Gordon Jessiman. Owns 5 nurseries: Tooting Bec (36), Wandsworth (63), Seely Hall, Tooting Broadway (41), Wimbledon (50), Raynes Park (54). 1 prep school: Tooting Bec (90). Places: 244. Employees: 110.

Field House & Church View Day Nurseries

Head office: 6 Chester Crescent, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1DH. Tel/fax 0191 261 5900. Owner: Kohli family. Established: 1992. Owns: 2 nurseries: Field House Nursery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (82), Church View Day Nursery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (60). Places: 142. Employees: 50-plus

Fledglings

Head office: 2 Hazelfields, Worsley, Manchester M28 2LS. Tel: 0161 281 2821 Fax: 0161 281 2822. Director: Christopher Gray. Established: 1990. Owns 4 nurseries: Stretford, Manchester (70), Warrington, Cheshire (87), Worsley, Manchester (100), Irlam, Manchester (80). Places: 337. Employees: 105.

Plans: Possibly building a fifth nursery.

Flying Start

Head office: 24 Drump Road, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 1LU. Tel/fax: 01209 210710. Partners: Sharon and Steve Cowburn. Established: 1993.

Owns 9 nurseries: (all in Cornwall) Camborne (52 plus 8 out-of-school places), Helston (21), Bodmin (20), Penryn (32 plus 24 after school places), Saltash (28 plus 30 out-of-school places), Redruth (24 plus 24 out-of-school places), Duchy (18 plus 30 out-of-school places), Cornwall College (49 plus 24 out-of-school places), Sure Start Creche, Kerrier (16)

Places: 260. Employees: 80.

Plans: Several centres will be expanding their range of services, number of registered places and premises.

Formative Years

Head office: The PIES Kindergarten and Private Day Nursery, 221 Bury New Road, Whitefield, Manchester M45 8GW. Tel: 0161 766 2929. Proprietors: Jillian Banks, Frances Lawrence, William Lawrence. Established: 1988. Owns 2 nurseries: PIES Kindergarten and Private Day Nursery, Manchester (42), Radcliffe Hall Kindergarten and Private Day Nursery, Manchester (39)

Places: 81. Employees: 20.

For Under Fives

Head office: 33 Abbey Rd, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire DN32 0HQ. Tel: 01472 232300 Fax: 01472 232301. Website: www.forunderfives.co.uk.Directors: DA Lang, JR Lang, S Lampard. Established: 1987. Owns 4 nurseries: Springfield Lodge Montessori Day Nursery, Grimsby (53), Springfield Lodge for under-twos, Grimsby (27), Dearne Valley College Day Nursery, Wath upon Dearne, near Rotherham (50), Village Day Nursery, Cottingham (50)

Manages 4 nurseries: Havelock Day Nursery, Grimsby NHS Trust (42), County Hospital Day Nursery, Lincoln and Louth NHS Trust (42), Woodlands Day Nursery, S****horpe and Goole NHS Trust (50), Springhill Day Nursery, West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (39)

Places: 353. Employees: 110.

Plans: To create a training arm. Purpose-built new nursery at Grimsby Hospital opening January 2002.

Freshfields Nursery Schools

Head office: Clifford Forge House, Clifford Road, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8HW. Tel: 01789 261 633 Fax: 01789 294 783. Principal/proprietor: Julie Cox. Manager (2-5 yrs): Anne Wassell. Established: 1990. Owns 2 nursery schools, both teaching Montessori philosophy: The School House, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon (50), Clifford Forge House, Clifford Road, Stratford-upon-Avon (88, plus separate before - and after-school care and holiday club facility)

Places: 138. Employees: 51.

Plans: Presently upgrading facilities at the School House, Alcester Road, Nursery School.

Gosford House Nurseries

Head office: 229-231 Beehive Lane, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex IG4 5EB. Tel: 020 8551 2241. Director: Edna Usher. Established: 1988. Owns 3 nurseries: Clarence House Nursery, Gants Hill (30), Gosford Baby Nursery, Redbridge (22), Gosford Pre-school, Redbridge (78) (all in Essex)

Places: 130. Employees: 44.

Grasshoppers Day Nurseries

Head office: U9 Executive Park, 229 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 4TA. Tel: - 1727 812731. Fax: 01727 833197. Directors: Nerissa Burton, Philip Bowers. Established: 1989.

Owns 5 nurseries and 1 out-of-school club: Erdington, Birmingham (53), Edgbaston, Birmingham (48), Harborne, Birmingham (35), St Albans (25), Hertford, Herts (60)

Places: 221. Employees: 90.

Greendale Nursery Complex. Head office: Greendale House, 633 Antrim Road, Glengormley, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland BT36 4RF. Tel: 02890 838389 Fax: 02890 847389. E-mail: ianmcfall@greendale.sagehost.co.uk.Owners/partners: Frank Cassells, Louise McFall, Ian McFall. Established: 1992. Owns 3 nurseries: Greendale House (50), Meadowdale House (50), Frankie's Den (42) (all in Newtownabbey). Places: 142. Employees: 40

* Happitots Day Nurseries

Head office: 2 Colston Drive, Bishopbriggs G67 2AZ. Tel: 0141 772 4708. Website: www.happitots.com.Managing director: Heather Gilchrist. Established: 1996.

Owns 4 nurseries: Portobello, Edinburgh (55), Bishopbriggs, East Dumbartonshire (65), Ballieston, Glasgow (65), Glasgow Airport, Paisley (100)

Places: 285. Employees: 67

Plans: Airdrie, north Lanarkshire (100 plus), due to open late 2001; planning application for another 50-place nursery in Edinburgh.

Happy Child

Head office: 109 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London W5 5TL. Tel: 020 8579 8558 Fax: 020 8579 3109. E-mail: enquiry@happychild.co.uk.Website: www.happychild.co.uk.Directors: Ashoob Cook, Dr Julian Cook. Established: 1990.

Owns: 16 day nurseries: Ealing (35), Happy Child Montessori School, Ealing (26), Ealing (50), Ealing (41), Ealing (18), Harlesden (66), Acton (32), Kilburn (70), Northfields (35), Ealing Common (35), Queens Park (20), Alperton, Middlesex (35), Perivale, Middlesex (39), Ruislip, Middlesex (60), Shepherds Bush (29), St Christopher's Nursery School, Wembley (36) 3 preparatory schools: Aston House School, Ealing, St Christopher's School, Wembley and St Nicholas School, Kingsbury. Owns Aston Training Centre.

Places: 627. Employees: 260.

Plans: To expand through establishing and acquiring up to six nurseries per year over the next two to three years within the London region.

Happy House Educational Care

Head office: Hollywood, Hollybush Ride, Wokingham RG40 3QR. Tel/fax: 01344 771946. Directors: Linda and Bruce Tranter. Established: 1997.

Owns 4 nurseries: Little Red House Day Nursery, Crowthorne (50), Little Ducklings Day Nursery, Woodley, near Reading (48), Happy House Day Nursery, Reading (32), Little Miss Muffet Nursery, Basingstoke (43)

Places: 173. Employees: 65

Plans: Expansion planned at existing sites and additional nurseries to be added in 2002.

Happy Jays Nurseries and Childcare Centres

Head office: Lancaster Park, Audax Close, Clifton Moor, York YO30 4RA. Tel: 01904 479261. Directors: Jacqueline Gernon and Tony Gernon. Established: 1996. Owns 2 nurseries: York (70), Boroughbridge (35). Places: 105. Employees: 30

Plans: Will open additional units throughout Yorkshire region over the next five years.

Happy Times Nurseries and Childcare

Head office: HTC Healthcare Group, Happy Towers, 16-20 Wendell Road, London W12 9RT. Tel: 020 8746 4222 Fax: 020 8746 4223. E-mail: team@happytimes.co.uk.Websites: www.happytimes.co.uk,www.supercarer.com.Directors: Adam Shaw, Elizabeth Cullen, Ian Taylor, Russell Thornhill. Established: 1997.

Owns 3 nurseries: Hammersmith, London (124), Battersea, London (107), Richmond, London (150)

Places: 381. Employees: 100

Hatton Hill Day Nurseries

Head office: Hatton Hill, Windlesham, Surrey GU20 6AB. Tel: 01276 474764 Fax: 01276 453337. E-mail: enquiries@hhdn.co.uk.Website:www.hattonhilldaynursery.co.uk. Directors: David Lewis, Clem Malcolmson, Paul Whitlam. Established: 1996. Owns 4 nurseries: Windlesham, Surrey (90), Farnborough, Hampshire (120), Frimley Green, Surrey (55), Esher, Surrey (75).

Places: 340. Employees: 130

Plans: Opening a new 120-place nursery in 2002. To open a further 5 nurseries by 2004.

Headstart Nursery Schools

Head office: Inglisfield, Gifford, East Lothian EH41 4JH. Tel: 01620 810 199 Fax: 01620 810 167. Director: Christopher Slater. Established: 1996. Owns 2 nurseries: Morningside (40), Leith (59) (both in Edinburgh)

Places: 99. Employees: 33.

Plans: Interested in purchasing or setting up another nursery in Edinburgh.

Highgate Nurseries

Head office: 55 Glanmor Road, Uplands, Swansea SA2 OQA. Tel: 01792 281120 Fax: 01792 202879. Managing director: Julie Halliday. Operations director: Jayne Lewis. Established: 1989.

Owns 2 day nurseries: Glanmor Road (58), Morriston (65), plus two pre-schools: Uplands (60), Morriston (25)

Places: 208. Employees: 75-plus

Hippo Creche/First Child Care

Head office: Vale House, 40 Frensham Vale, Farnham, Surrey GU10 3HT. Tel: 01252 795800 Fax: 01252 795801. Managing director: Charles Ullmann. Established: 1988. Owns 3 nurseries and creches: St Leonards nursery (78), Hastings creche (24) Tunbridge Wells nursery (46) and creche (18)

Places: 166. Employees: 60.

Plans: To open 20 nurseries in the next five years.

* The Honeytree Day Nursery

Head office: Willow House, 145 Oldmixon Road, Hutton, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS24 9QA. Tel/fax: 01934 815237. Directors: Phillip Weston and Linda Weston (company secretary). Established: 1980.

Owns: 3 nurseries: Bristol (60), Weston-super-Mare (51), Portishead (46). Places: 157. Employees: 53

Plans: Currently involved in negotiations to purchase 2 nurseries and plans to buy more.

Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School

Head office: 339-341 City Road, Islington, London EC1V 1LJ. Tel: 020 7833 9388 Fax: 020 7837 5517. E-mail: office@hopesanddreams.co.uk.Website: www.hopesanddreams.co.uk. Shareholders and directors: Susan Bingham and Alasdair Ross. Established: 1997. Owns 1 Montessori nursery school: (73) for 3 months - 5 years and a babysitting agency

Places: 73. Employees: 24.

Plans: New 60-place Montessori nursery to open in West Hampstead in spring 2002 for 3 months - 5 year olds.

Hopscotch Children's Nurseries

Head office: 9 Aymer Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4GB. Tel: 01273 385577 Fax: 01273 774154. E-mail: office@hopscotch.uk.com.Website:www.hopscotch.uk.com. Business development director: Barbara Watson. Operations director: Jo Halling. Established: 1988.

Owns 6 nurseries: Hove (68), Brighton (58), Brighton (16), Peacehaven (39), Seaford (90).

Places: 271. Employees: 75. Plans: Looking at several possible sites in the Sussex area. Available to discuss options.

* Horn End Nurseries

Head office: Egg Lane, Hixon, Staffford, Staffs ST18 0PR. Tel: 01889 271051. Website: www.hornend.co.uk.Owner: Deborah Falshaw. Established: 1990. Owns 2 nurseries: Hixon (33), Rugeley (33). Places: 66. Employees: 25.

Plans: The company is aiming to open a third nursery in Stafford within the next 6 months.

ITM Childcare/ Piccolo Nurseries

Head office: 209 Bradford Road, Shipley, Yorkshire BD18 3AA. Tel: 01274 597241 Fax: 01274 594612. Director: Linda Ward. Established: 1989.

Owns 5 nurseries: Pudsey, Leeds (98), Bradford (33), Shipley, Yorkshire (26), Saltaire, Yorkshire (29), Baildon, Bradford (32)

2 out-of-school clubs: Saltaire, Yorkshire (20), Pudsey, Leeds (20).

Accredited centre for NVQs from 1992.

Places: 218. Employees: 80

Jancett Group of Day Nurseries

Head office: Graylaw House, 42-54 Manor Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 OAB. Tel: 020 8669 1725 Fax: 020 8669 1259. Proprietors: Chris and John Pritchard. Established: 1969.

Owns 6 nurseries: Wallington (nursery) (70), Wallington (baby unit) (31), Pollyanna Day Nursery and Baby Unit, Carshalton (60), Gaytime Day Nursery and Baby Unit, Wallington (55), Startel Day Nursery, Wallington (50), Sunbeam Day Nursery/Baby Unit (71)

Places: 337. Employees: 183

Plans: We are keen to strengthen our links with day nurseries that require in-house training with their staff teams. The training arm of the organisation has been inspected by the Training Skills Council with extremely successful grades being awarded. We are confident that we can help with staff training programmes and would be happy to discuss this on 020 8773 8146.

Jigsaw Group

Head office: Brook Point, 1412-1420 High Road, Whetstone, London N20 9BH. Tel: 020 8343 8008 Fax: 020 8343 7812. E-mail: jigsaw@jigsawgroup.com.Website: www.jigsawgroup.com. Directors: Les Cullen (chairman), Sir Christopher Ball (deputy chairman), Jane James (development director), Mike Gee (company secretary), Mike Hirsch (property director), Kamelia Farhangi (IT director), Mike Paccitti (3i non-executive director). Established: 1991 (management buyout in March 1998).

Owns 32 purpose-built nurseries: Abbeymeads, Swindon (108), Broome, Swindon (108), Windmill Hill, Swindon (108), Chineham, Basingstoke (108), Bristol (108), Brownswood, Milton Keynes (108), Hammersmith, London (108), Chatham Maritime (108), Chingford (108),Westwood, Coventry 1 (108), Coventry 2 (108), Harlow (108), Stockley Park, Heathrow (108), Hemel Hempstead (108), Letchworth (108), Ocean Park, Cardiff (108), Littlemore, Oxford (108), Portsmouth (108), Meadowside, Reading (108), Woodley, Reading (108), Reading International (108), Welwyn Garden City (108), London Road, Stevenage (108), Kings Way, Stevenage (108), Shenley (108), Northampton (108), Wandsworth (108), Solihull (108), Capability Green, Luton (108), Chingford (108), Leamington Spa (108), Leicester (108)

Places: 3,456. Employees: Over 1,000 full-time equivalents

Plans: four further units in 2002: Birmingham, Colchester, Dartford and Reading - Green Park.

Joint Responsibility

Head office: Epworth Halls, High Street, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8DT. Tel: 01509 621700 Fax: 01509 416634. Managing director: Gina Lafferty. Established: 1993. Owns 2 nurseries: Epworth Halls (118), Loughborough (53), plus school at Epworth Halls (126). Kids' Club and Holiday Club at Epworth Halls, and Trinity Halls, Loughborough.

Places: 171. Employees: 45-plus

Plans: Loughborough Nursery expanding to 80-plus places.

Just Learning

Head office: 45 High Street, West Malling, Kent ME19 6QP. Tel: 01732 846333 Fax: 01732 846444. E-mail: info@just-learning.freeserve.co.uk.Website: www.justlearning.co.uk. Directors: Duncan Bannatyne (chairman), Michael Fallon. Established: 1995.

Owns 22 nurseries: Darlington, County Durham (88), Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees (100), Great Notley Garden Village, Braintree, Essex (100), College Road, Maidstone, Kent (50), Angel Lodge, Maidstone, Kent (50), High Trees, Larkfield, Kent (48), Toad Hall, Maidstone, Kent (30), King George Hospital, Ilford (124), Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone (100), Walkden Avenue, Wigan (82), Chafford Hundred, Lakeside, Essex (92), St Andrews Business Park, Norwich (72), Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Huntingdon (100), North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke (100), Enstone Court, Wellingborough (100), Cardiff Gate Business Park, Cardiff (100), Willingdon Drove, Eastbourne (100), Higham Hill, Walthamstow, London (100), Pinewood, Ipswich (100), Cambourne, Cambridgeshire (100), Trowbridge, Wiltshire (100), Progress Park, Bedford (112)

Places: 1,948. Employees: 520.

Plans: Three nurseries under construction at Cedars Park, Stowmarket; Fifers Lane Norwich; and Beechings Way, Gillingham. Three further sites still awaiting planning permission.

Kidcare

Head office: 55 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3BD. Tel: 0141 400 6050 Fax: 0141 400 6053. Established: 1990. Chief executive: Rita Hopper. Parent bodies: One Plus, SASCA. Operates 6 nurseries: Wellpark Nursery, Glasgow (31), Strathclyde University Nursery (58), Glasgow University Nursery (74), Clydebank College Nursery (40), Braidfield Nursery, Clydebank (27), The Leisuredrome Nursery, Bishopbriggs (31)

3 out-of-school services: Hillhead After School Care, Glasgow (30), The Glasgow Academy After School Care (24), SPLOSH, Glasgow (24).

Also runs a holiday playscheme for Scottish Enterprise (32) and operates a mobile creche service across Scotland.

Places: 261. Employees: 98.

Plans:Completion date on new nursery 30 November 2001.

Kids-Time Day Nurseries

Head office: The Bridge Cottage, 88 Green End Road, Great Barford, Bedfordshire MK44 3HD. Tel/fax: 01234 871799. Established: 1999. Managing director: David Kedwards. Owns 1 nursery: Colchester, Essex (65). Places: 65. Employees: 16

Kidsunlimited

Head office: Kids of Wilmslow Ltd, Westhead, 10 West Street, Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7EG. Tel: 01625 585222 Fax: 01625 583444. Website: www.kidsunlimited.co.uk. Established: 1983. Directors: Stewart and Jean Pickering, Stephen Chalmers-Morris, John Hirst, Adam Holloway, David Sherratt, David Hirst, Graham Smith

Owns/manages 34 nurseries: Clairmont House, Wilmslow, Cheshire (51), HSBC Bank Nursery, Sheffield (46), First Direct Nursery, Arlington (50), The Body Shop Family Centre, Littlehampton, West Sussex (75), Aldfields, Didcot, Oxfordshire (50), The Mango Tree Nursery, London (50), Woodlands Nursery, Peterborough (50), Little Flyers Nursery, Manchester (48), WH Smith, Swindon (43), Mansion House Nursery, Oxford (41), The Bridgewater Childcare and Education Centre, Manchester (30), Cambridge University Nursery, Cambridge (50), Milton Park Child Development Centre, Oxford (103) and (115), Clairmont Cottage, Wilmslow, Cheshire (27), Mary Seacole Nursery, London (50), Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester (60), Bradmore Road Nursery, Oxford (50), First Direct, Stourton, Leeds (120), First Direct Nursery, Blantyre, Hamilton (100), Summerfields Day Nursery and Education Centre, Wilmslow, Cheshire (130), Air Miles Nursery, Birchwood Business Park, Warrington (65), Foxton House Nursery, Cambridge (60), St Mary's, Hulme, Manchester (70), Total Fitness, Wilmslow (49), Fulbourn, Cambridge (107), Bunnybrookes, Cambridge (89), Oxford Business Park (130), Cambridge Science Park (115), Worthing Sixth Form College (55), Didsbury, Manchester (130), Beckenham (50), Regents Place, London (76), Total Fitness, Chester (55), plus one playscheme - Sheffield (40)

Places: 2,390. Employees: 700.

Plans: To open new nurseries in Chineham, Basingstoke, summer 2002, and in central Manchester, spring 2003.

KinderCare Learning Centres

Head office: Slapton Hill Farm, Blakesley Road, Slapton, Towcester NN12 8QD. Tel: 01327 861175 Fax: 01327 861273. Director: Charlotte Harnett. Established: 1995. Owns 2 nurseries: Callands Nursery Centre, Warrington (100), Bramingham Park Nursery Centre, Luton (144), (US branch owns 1,200 nurseries in 38 states)

Places: 244. Employees: 60.

Kindercare Childcare Centres

Head office: Ashton House, Ashton Park, Pedders Lane, Preston, Lancs PR2 1HL. Tel: 01772 726696 Fax: 01772 732318. E-mail: sc@kindercare.freeserve.co.uk.Website: www.kindercare-group.co.uk.Directors: Stuart Carr, Sarah Carr. Established: 1989.

Owns/manages 10 nurseries: Ashbridge (210), Preston (248), Blackpool (231), Bamber Bridge (176), Chorley (220), Lostock Hall (40) plus 28 after-school places, Salwick (BNFL workplace nursery) (33), Warton (BAE Systems workplace nursery) (30), Warton (Land Registry workplace) (60) plus 40 after-school places, Lancaster (248)

1 independent primary school: Ashbridge Independent School (100)

Places: 1,496. Employees: 263

Plans: Controlled expansion. Two more 220-place centres are under construction.

Kindergarten (UK)

Head office: 14 Thorney Leys Park, Witney, Oxon OX8 7GE. Tel/fax: 01993 700123. Directors: Jo and Nick Letherbarrow. Established: 1994.

Owns 2 nurseries: Witney, Oxon (92), Witney, Oxon (48), 1 soft-play centre: Kinderkids, Witney (35)

Places: 140. Employees: 60.

Plans: New nursery opening Witney, Oxon, January 2002 (64). Further three opening 2003.

Kinderquest

Head office: 9-10 Sheep Street, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 1BL. Tel: 01933 440166 Fax: 01933 443492. E-mail: ewrenn@kinderquest.co.uk.Directors: Denise Wrenn (managing director), Ian Stocks, Ricky Wrenn, Debbie Thursby. Established: 1988.

Manages 45 workplace nurseries: Bedford (75), Guildford, Surrey (40), London (35), Crowthorne, Berkshire (50), Surbiton (27), Hemel Hempstead (50), Teddington (66), Liverpool (50), Croydon (40), Aberdeen (30), Hastings (35), Dudley (39), Harlow (51), Liverpool (35), Birkenhead (30), Plymouth (30), Bedfordshire (35), Nottingham (50), Foxhill, Bath (37), Bristol (100), Salford, Manchester (36), Washington (55), Didcot (40), Leeds (30), Aberystwyth (40), Newbury (36), Ipswich (35), Leicester (32), Bunaston, Derbyshire (49), Telford, Shropshire (40), Harpenden (25), Cardiff (60), Glasgow (59), Falkirk (34), Wetherby (45), Feltham (21), Stretford (30), Warwick (42), Weymouth (40), Coventry Land Registry (40), Edinburgh Scottish Executive 1 (36), Edinburgh Scottish Executive 2 (15), Sunbury (46), Central London (36), Wolverhampton (20)

Owns 2 nurseries: Liverpool (69), Northamptonshire (46)

Manages 15 holiday playschemes: Bedford (30), Guildford (40), Liverpool (90), Nottingham (40), Washington (48), Leeds (50), Telford, Shropshire (32), Harpenden (22), London (24), Guildford (16), Blackpool (125), London (22), Wellingborough (46), Chelsea (16), London (16)

1 permanent creche: Hurlingham, London (15)

Places: 1,977. Employees: 595

Plans: Kinderquest, and its group companies, Staffquest and Kinderquest Support Services, provide recruitment, training, marketing and development services for over 26 Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships, and plans to increase these activities substantially over the next year. Kinderquest is a CACHE and SQA approved Assessment Centre for the NVQ in Early Years Care and Education. Kinderquest has recently been awarded a contract to train up to 300 playworkers and assessors on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills. Further nurseries are planned to open in 2002 throughout the West Midands and South West, while Staffquest, a national childcare recruitment agency, plans to double in size in 2002.

Kinder Groups

Head office: Tovil Business Centre, Burial Ground Lane, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6RJ. Tel: 01622 692 098 Fax: 01622 693 338. Directors: Alan Bishop, Janet Bishop. Established: 1990.

Owns 8 nurseries and 3 after-school/holiday centres: East Malling (100), 3 in Gravesend (98, 60 and 25), Tonbridge (60), Maidstone (71), Sittingbourne (63), Rainham, Kent (75)

Places: 552. Employees: 180.

Plans: Two new nurseries to be constructed by September 2002.

Kingsclere Nurseries

Head office: Forest Road, Wokingham, Berks RG40 5SA. Tel/fax: 01344 489328. Proprietors: Sylvia Cox, Julia Cox. Established: 1986.

Owns 5 nurseries: Kingsclere, Wokingham (12), Merrydale, Binfield (42), Stepping Stones, Finchampstead (33), Bramley Wood, Bracknell (78), Abacus, Newbury (52)

Places: 217. Employees: 106

Plans: Looking for other sites in Berkshire.