Nursery Chains: Directory - People & places H-Z

WHAT THE DIRECTORY COVERS

This list includes details of all the private and independent chains of nurseries, kindergartens, playgroups and crèches known to Nursery World. Under the term ‘chain’, we have included groups with at least three nurseries up and running.

While we have tried to be comprehensive, we may have omitted some chains not
known to us. If your chain is not in our listing, please contact us at nurserychains@gmail.com and we can include you in the next edition of Nursery Chains, due out in autumn 2016.

Individual nurseries have not usually been named. Figures after each nursery’s location denote the number of places it is registered for. The number of employees includes full-time and part-time staff unless otherwise stated. Nurseries are
listed alphabetically by location.

‘Places’ denotes the total number of registered nursery places. This does not include nursery classes in schools, out-of-school care or holiday places, but does include crèche provision and places in any nurseries that are owned and managed by each group.

The information in each entry reflects the state of play at the end of October 2015.

* Denotes entries that are new for this issue of Nursery Chains.

 

HAPPY DAYS NURSERIES

Head office: Chapel Town, Summercourt, Cornwall TR8 5YA

Tel: 01872 511020/0800 783 3431

Email: enquiries@happydaysnurseries.com

Website: www.happydaysnurseries.com

Directors: Jackie Arthur (managing director), Sarah Karkeek (founding director)

Conference and events manager: Jo Beighton

Operations director: Kim HerbertFinance director: Ian Sanders Established: 1993

Owns 16 nurseries: Bristol 1 (100), Bristol 2 (82); Bodmin (66), Falmouth (67), St Austell (67), St Blazey (54), St Minver (30), Summercourt (90), Treloggan (44), Treloweth (100), Truro 1 (42), Truro 2 (71), Truro 3 (67), Truro Playbox (52) – all in Cornwall; Derriford (146), Exeter (78) – both in Devon

Places: 1,156

Employees: 350

Plans: To continue expanding in the south west and increase the number of childcare places offered within the group, supported by Livingbridge, a private equity company.

 

HAPPY JAYS NURSERIES AND CHILDCARE CENTRES

Head office: Lancaster Park, Audax Close, Clifton Moor, York YO30 4RA

Tel: 01904 479261

Website: www.happyjays.co.uk

Directors: Jacqueline Gernon, Tony Gernon

Established: 1996

Owns 5 nurseries: Batley (80), Boroughbridge (45), Harrogate (60), Scarborough (95), York (92) – all in Yorks

Places: 372

Employees: 95

Plans: To open additional units throughout Yorks over the next five years.

 

HAPPY KIDS CHILDCARE

Head office: 40 Barnsley Road, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham S61 2RR

Email: info@happykids-childcare.co.uk

Website: www.happykids-childcare.co.uk

Directors: Steve Scott, Mark Kingston, Debbie Scott, Michelle King

Established: 2012

Owns 11 nurseries: Barnsley, S Yorks: Athersley (30), Cudworth (23), Goldthorpe (30), Grimethorpe (16), Kendray (16), Wombwell (40); Manchester: Delamere Park (20), Heybury Close (63); Rotherham, S Yorks: Clifton (39), East Dene (50); Wakefield: Havercroft (40)

Places: 367

Employees: 77

 

HONEYBUNS NURSERY GROUP

Head office: Grainger Drive, Leegomery, Talbot TF1 6UL

Tel: 01952 246 002

Email: office@honeybunsnurseries.co.uk

Website: www.honeybunsnurseries.co.uk

Director: Alison Shipton

Established: 2006

Owns 3 nurseries: Cannock Norton Canes (46), Stafford (59) – both in Staffs; Telford, Shropshire (189)

Places: 294

Employees: 88

 

THE HONEYTREE DAY NURSERY AND PRE-SCHOOL

Head office: Weston General Hospital Nursery, Grange Road, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare

Tel: 01934 414471

Director: Philip Weston

Established: 1989

Owns 3 nurseries: Bristol (60), Portishead (84), Weston General Hospital (58) – all in Somerset

Places: 202

Employees: 50

 

HOPSCOTCH NURSERIES

Head office: First Floor, 14 Bavant Road, Brighton BN1 6RD

Tel: 01273 385577 Fax: 01273 774154

Email: office@hopscotch.uk.com

Website: www.hopscotch.uk.com

Business development director: Barbara Watson

Operations director: Jo Halling

Established: 1988

Owns 5 nurseries: Brighton (88), Hove 1 (92), Hove 2 (51), Peacehaven (60), Seaford(92, plus 1 out-of-school club) – all in E Sussex

Places: 383

Employees: 130

 

HOPSCOTCH DAY NURSERIES

Head office: The Legion, 13 The High Street, Lee on Solent, Gosport, Hants PO13 9BS

Tel: 02392 545090

Email: lorna@hopscotchnursery.com

Website:www.hopscotchdaynurseries.co.uk

Director: Freya Derrick

Established: 2005

Owns 4 nurseries: Botley, Southampton (100), Gosport (85), Lee on the Solent, Gosport (83), Titchfield, Fareham (75) – all in Hants

Places: 343

Employees: 120

 

HUMPTY DUMPTY CHILDCARE

Head office: Brimhay, Gidley’s Meadow, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6JZ

Tel: 01803 868168

Email: hdc.enquiries@gmail.com

Website: www.humptydumptychildcareltd.co.uk

Director: Connie Wilcocks

Established: 1989

Owns 3 nurseries: Dartington (69), Dartmouth (42), Newton Abbot (52) – all in Devon

Places: 163

Employees: 30

Plans: Looking to open nurseries in Kingsbridge and Ivybridge.

 

HUNGRY CATERPILLAR DAY NURSERIES

Head office: 2 Princess Lane, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 8LG

Tel: 01895 678682

Email: info@hungrycaterpillars.co.uk

Owners: Olivia Foley, Tim Hodgson

Established: 1999

Owns 9 nurseries: London: Acton (32), Acton Park (30), Hanwell (35), Northolt (41), Northwood (40), Perivale (20), Stanmore (37), West Twyford (40), Yeading (60)

2 crèches: Northolt (12), Northwood (27)

2 out-of-school clubs: Hanwell, Hathaway Primary School (26), Ruislip, Warrender Primary School (25)

1 holiday club: New Denham, Bucks (120)

Places: 525

Employees: 120

Plans: To open two new settings in the next 12 months.

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JANCETT CHILDCARE AND JACE TRAINING/JACE CATERING AND TRAINING

Head office: Jancett House,16 Stanley Park Road, Wallington, Surrey

SM6 OEU

Tel: 020 8669 1725

Directors: Chris Pritchard, John Pritchard, Tracy Pritchard-Drummond, Kirsty Pritchard, Trevor Pritchard, Nicky Hopper, Stephen Drummond

Established: 1969

Owns 4 nurseries: Carshalton (60), Wallington 1 (106), Wallington 2 (55), Wallington 3 (50) – all in Surrey

Out-of-school clubs: 18

Provides traineeships, study programmes, apprenticeships and professional qualifications in childcare, playwork, health and social care.

Places: 310

Employees: 200

 

JUST CHILDCARE

Head office: Ridgway House, Progress Way, Denton M34 2GP

Tel: 0161 320 2750

Email: enquiries@justchildcare.co.uk

Website: www.justchildcare.co.uk

Directors: Jacqueline Johnson, David Johnson

Established: 2004

Owns 20 nurseries: Atherton 1, Greater Manchester (68), Atherton 2 (52); Blackpool 1 (40), Blackpool 2 (35), Blackpool 3 (75); Burnley 1, Lancs (76), Burnley 2 (71); Chorley, Lancs (50); Ellesmere Port, Cheshire (49); Glossop, Derbyshire (54); Habergham, Lancs (48); Leeds (53); Little Stanney, Cheshire (63); Runcorn, Cheshire (56); Sale, Greater Manchester (66); Southport, Merseyside (67); Taporley, Cheshire (31); Widnes, Cheshire (70); Wirral, Merseyside (61); Worsley, Greater Manchester (89)

Places: 1,174

Employees: 317

Plans: To open three nurseries by end of 2015 and 25 in 2016.

 

KALEIDOSCOPE DAY NURSERIES

Head office: Adwalton Court, Hodgson Lane, Drighlington, BD11 1BJ

Tel: 0113 2852 572 Fax: 0113 2524 924

Email: headoffice@knurseries.com

Website: www.knurseries.com

Directors: Jane Middlebrook, Steve Middlebrook

Established: 1990

Owns 4 nurseries: Acomb, York; (83) Leeds: Drighlington (116), Gildersome (48), Morley (82)

3 out-of-school clubs: Acomb (32), Gildersome (32), Park Grove (48)

Places: 329

Employees: 140

 

KIDDI CARU DAY NURSERIES AND WESTCHESTER HOUSE NURSERY SCHOOL

Head office: St Pancras House, Jacobs Yard, Basingstoke, Hants RG21 7PE

Tel: 01256 383440

Email: info@kiddicaru.com

Websites: www.kiddicaru.com,

www.westchesterhouse.co.uk

Chairman: Alan Bentley

Finance director: Adrian Moore

Director of childcare:Sue Meekings

Established: 1998

Owns and manages 19 Kiddi Caru nurseries, plus 1 under the brand Westchester House: Basingstoke, Hants (121); Bedford (75); Burgess Hill, W Sussex (100); Chelmsford, Essex (100); Colchester, Essex (122); Exeter, Devon (132); Farnham, Surrey (97); Harlow, Essex (100); London: Earls Court (104); Milton Keynes 1, Bucks (69), Milton Keynes 2 (89); Northampton (118); Peterborough, Cambs (121); Plympton, Devon (100); Redhill, Surrey (100); Taunton, Somerset (129); Torquay, Devon (105); Wellingborough, Northants (103); Whiteley, Hants (128); Writtle, Essex (115)

Places: 2,128

Employees: 820

 

KID EASE

Head office: Kid Ease, The Prospect Centre, Southern Cross, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hants RG21 4HG

Tel: 0844 854 6990

Email: info@kidease.co.uk

Website: www.kidease.co.uk

Managing director: Ian Atkey

Established: 2001

Owns and operates 5 nurseries: Dover, Kent: Buckland (58), Triangles (102); Hawkinge, Kent (104); Swingfield, Kent (57); Norwich, Norfolk (61)

Places: 382

Employees: 122

 

*KIDDYCARE

Head office: 71 Melton Road, Leicester

Tel: 0116 2681471

Email: Nadine@kiddycarenurseries.co.uk, Kala@kiddycarenurseries.co.uk

Website: www.kiddycarenurseries.co.uk

Director: Kala Patel

Operations manager: Nadine Farrington

Established: 1985

Owns 5 nurseries: Angels pre-school (30), Kiddycare nursery (65), Little Willows (45), Parkview (45) – all in Leicester; Royal Mail Childsplay, Farringdon, London (30)

Places: 215

Employees: 70

 

KIDS 1ST DAY NURSERIES

Head office: HMC House, Keel Row 12, The Watermark, Metro Riverside, Gateshead NE11 9SZ

Tel: 0191 461 8877

Email: enquiries@kids1st.net

Website: www.kids1st.net

Managing director: Mark McArdle

Established: 2003

Owns/manages 11 nurseries: Ashington, Northumberland, Wansbeck General Hospital (112); Billingham, Tees Valley, Wynyard Business Park (108); Bowesfield, Stockton-on-Tees (108); Darlington (108); Durham, University Hospital (100); Gateshead (108); Gosforth, Tyne and Wear (108); Hexham, Northumberland, General Hospital (100); Low Fell, Tyne and Wear (108); Newcastle, Quorum Business Park (108); North Shields, North Tyneside General Hospital (110)

Places: 1,178

Employees: 350

Plans: To open new settings in Gateshead, Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne.

 

KIDS ALLOWED

Head office: Joshua House, Christie Fields Office Park, Manchester M21 7QS

Tel: 0161 434 6555

Email: info@kidsallowed.com

Website: www.kidsallowed.com

Chief executive: Jennie Johnson

Established: 2005

Owns 5 nurseries: Cheadle Royal, Cheshire (188); Christie Fields, Greater Manchester (224); Knutsford, Cheshire (188); Macclesfield, Cheshire (174); Stockport, Greater Manchester (188)

5 out-of-school clubs: (196)

Places: 962

Employees: 321

Plans: Opening 180-place setting in Altrincham 2015/16

 

KIDS INC NURSERIES

Head office: Crown House, 227 Aldborough Road South, Ilford, Essex IG3 8HZ

Tel: 020 8598 2600

Website: www.kidsincnurseries.co.uk

Established: 2003

Owns 11 nurseries: Bluewater, Kent (106); Crowthorne, Berks (82); Enfield, Middlesex (101); Gants Hill, Ilford (30), Ilford 2 (100), Ilford 3 (112); Guildford, Surrey (129); Loughton, Essex (60); London: Chingford (73), East Sheen (36), South Woodford (55)

Places: 884

Employees: 265

Plans: Further acquisitions in London and the M25 area.

 

KIDS PLANET DAY NURSERIES

Head office: 29 Eagle Brow, Lymm, Cheshire WA13 0NA

Tel/Fax: 01925 753 448Email: headoffice@kidsplanetdaynurseries.co.uk

Website: www.kidsplanetdaynurseries.co.uk

Directors: John Hoban, Clare Roberts, Bernadette Hoban and Lucy Kaczmarska

Established: 2008

Owns 15 nurseries (as Kids Planet Day Nurseries, Jeffrey’s Corner and Liverpool Nurseries): Beamont (39), Crewe (67), Cheshire; Dukinfield, Greater Manchester (80); Hale (85), Lymm (121), Prestwich (126), Cheshire; Higher Broughton (160), Sale, (80), Salford (130), Springhead (55), Greater Manchester; Warrington (94), Widnes (80), Cheshire; Liverpool 1 (88), Liverpool 2 (107), Liverpool 3 (112)

Owns 2 before and after-school and holiday clubs: Crosby (49), Greenbank (16)

Places: 1,424

Employees: 488

Plans: To open or acquire new nurseries in the north west in 2015/16.

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*KIDS PLAY

Head office: 11 Roebuck Way, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes MK5 8HL

Tel/Fax: 01908 209211

Email: paulsharp@kidsplaychildcare.co.uk

Website: www.kidsplaychildcare.co.uk

Managing director: Paul Sharp

Childcare director: Sharon Elliott

Established: 1999

Owns 8 nurseries: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (77); Kettering, N Hants (48); London: Brent Cross (59); Milton Keynes: Knowlhill (107), Neath Hill (83), Bletcheley (47), Wolverton (42); St Albans (161)

13 out-of-school clubs: Knowlhill (50), Portfields (48), Willen (100), Tickford Park (24), Long Meadow (60), Giffard Park (32), Beaconsfield (32) – all in Bucks; Leighton Buzzard, Beds (32); Lincoln (32); Loughton, Essex (60); London: Beckenham (60), Chelsea (32), Eastleigh (40)

Places: 624

Employees: 250

Plans: To open 3 new settings in 2016.

 

KIDZCARE

Head office: Norwood House, 9 Kilgraston Road, Edinburgh EH9 2DX

Tel: 0131 668 2797

Email: info@kidzcare.org

Website: www.kidzcare.org

Directors: Anne Marie Dunn

Established: 2001

Owns 4 nurseries: Edinburgh 1, Craigmillar (25), Edinburgh 2, Astley Ainslie Hospital (99), Edinburgh 3 (66), Edinburgh 4, Portobello (54). Also runs 7 after-school clubs, 5 breakfast clubs and 2 holiday clubs

Places: 244

Employees: 330

 

KINDERCARE

Head office: Hornbeam Business Park, Hookstone Road, Harrogate HG2 8QT

Tel: 01423 815990 Fax: 01423 816284

Email: enquiries@kindercareltd.co.uk

Website: www.kindercareltd.co.uk

Director: Mrs J Standeven

Established: 1993

Owns 10 nurseries: Harrogate 1 (146), Harrogate 2 (86), Harrogate 3 (60), Harrogate 4 (44), Leeds 1 (130), Leeds 2 (75), Leeds 3 (55), Leeds 4 (100), Ripon (126), York (45) – all in Yorks

Places: 867

Employees: 240

 

THE KINDERGARTENS

Head office: Great Tilden Oast, Tilden Lane, Marden, Kent TN12 9AY

Tel: 01622 833331 Fax: 01622 833313

Email: ce@thekindergartens.co.uk

Website: www.thekindergartens.com

Director: Carol Evelegh (principal)

Established: 1991

Owns 10 nurseries: London: Balham 1 (40), Balham 2 (50), Battersea (30), Clapham 1 (80), Clapham 2 (38), Clapham 3 (23), Kensington (50), Streatham (30), Streatham Hill (20), Wandsworth (40)

Places: 401

Employees: 100

Plans: New acquisitions planned.

 

KINDER HAVEN

Head office: 14a Waterloo Road, Pudsey LS28 7PW

Tel: 01132 577737

Email: admin@kinderhaven.co.uk or directors@kinderhaven.co.uk

Website: www.kinderhaven.co.uk

Managing directors: Danielle Dixon, Darren Dixon

Established: 2001

Owns 6 nurseries: Bradford: Halifax Road (85), Sticker Lane (98), Wakefield Road (96), Westgate Hill (56); Horsforth: Wood Lane (80); Waterloo Road, Pudsey (65)

Places: 480

Employees: 125

Plans: Developments and interest in the Yorkshire area.

 

KINDERKARE

Head office: Sunnyside, Barbourne Terrace, Worcester WR1 3JR

Tel: 01905 23973 Email: sunnyside@kinderkare.co.uk

Website: www.kinderkare.co.uk

Director: James Jenner

Area manager: Helen Smith

Established: 2003

Owns 3 nurseries: Exeter (100); Worcester: Hawthorn Cottage (50), Sunnyside (80)

Places: 230

Employees: 80

 

*KIRKTONHOLME EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE

Head office: 401 Kirktonholme Road, East Kilbride G74 1RS

Tel: 01355 222000

Email: karen.flynn@kirktonholmenursery.com

Website: www.kirktonholmenursery.com

General manager: Karen Flynn

Director: Charlotte Kelly

Established: 1995

Owns 9 nurseries: Ayr (75); Bearsden, E Dunbartonshire (102); Coatbridge 1, N Lanarkshire (64), Coatbridge 2 (67); East Kilbride, S Lanarkshire (188); Newton Mearns, E Renfrewshire (70); Shettleston, Glasgow (73), Tollcross, Glasgow (78); Wishaw, N Lanarkshire (63)

Owns 2 after school clubs: East Kilbride 1 (66), E Kilbride 2 (16)

Places: 780

Employees: 243

Plans: New nursery opening in Govan, Glasgow, in spring 2016.

 

LILLIPUT MONTESSORI DAY NURSERIES

Head office: Railway House, Hotel Street, Coalville, Leics LE67 3EQ

Tel: 01530 813913 Fax: 01530 817898

Email: samgraveling@aol.com

Directors: Samantha Graveling, Paul Graveling

Established: 1994

Owns 5 nurseries: Anstey (79), Coalville (66), Glenfield (27), Leicester Forest East (100), Whetstone (63) – all in Leics.

Also runs before- and after-school clubs.

Places: 322

Employees: 105

 

*LINCOLNSHIRE CHILDCARE

Head office: The Old School, 107a-107b Dudley Road, Grantham, Lincs NG31 9AB

Tel: 01476 591744

Email: headstart07@aol.com

Website: www.lincolnshirechildcare.co.uk

Directors: Sue Jenkins & Diane Smith

Area manager: Rita McMath

Established: 1989

Owns 5 nurseries: Bourne (80), Grantham 1 (145), Grantham 2 (120), Market Deeping (109), Ruskington (70) – all Lincs

3 out-of-school clubs: Bourne (32), Grantham (124), Ruskington (40)

Places: 524

Employees: 109

 

LITTLE ACORNS GROUP

Head office: Acorn House, Houghton Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA2 7DD

Tel: 01925 232202 Fax: 01925 235380

Email: enquiries@littleacornsgroup.com

Website: www.littleacornsgroup.com

Managing director: Neil Ritchie

Established: 1992

Operates 10 nurseries: Boston, Lincs (59); Gomersal, W Yorks (43); Manchester (64); Worsley (47); Mirfield, W Yorks (68); Rothwell, Leeds (45); Lingley Mere, Warrington 1, Cheshire (98), Stockton Heath, Warrington 2 (48), Westbrook, Warrington 3 (40); Washington, Tyne and Wear (98). Also has crèches, playgroups and toddler groups throughout the UK.

Places: 596

Employees:205

Plans: Looking to open two new settings in the next 12 months.

 

LITTLE EINSTEIN’S KINDERGARTEN

Head office: Everest Care Homes, Nithsdale Lodge Care Home, 620 Shields Road, Glasgow G41 2RD

Tel: 0141 423 5842

Email: info@littleeinstein.co.uk

Website: www.littleeinstein.co.uk

Director: Arti Poddar

Established: 2006

Owns 5 nurseries: Arbroath (61); Dundee (26); Glasgow 1 (66), Glasgow 2 (60); Perth (180). Owns Thistle Training Company

Places: 502

Employees: 160

 

LITTLE ELMS

Head office: 29 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4PR

Tel: 0208 658 4282

Website: www.littleelmsdaycare.co.uk

Directors: Matthew and Spencer Lancaster

Owns 7 nurseries: Beckenham 1, Kent (120), Beckenham 2 (60); Crofton, Orpington (93); London: Greenwich (60), Lee (60), Shirley (60), Sydenham (42)

Places: 495

Employees: 100+

 

LITTLE ONES CHILDCARE

Head office: Pinbrook Industrial Estate, Chancel Lane, Pinhoe, Exeter, Devon EX4 8JS

Tel: 01392 469909

Email: info@littleoneschildcare.co.uk

Website:www.littleoneschildcare.co.uk

Managing director: Katie Porter

Established: 2000

Owns and manages 6 nurseries: Bovey Tracey (44), Budlake (29), Honiton (33), Westexe (38), Whipton (36), Wonford (33) – all in Devon

Places: 213

Employees: 85

 

*LITTLE RIPLEY DAY NURSERIES

Head office: 2 Goldieslie Road, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham B73 5PQ

Tel: 01213 548324

Email: info@ripleymail.co.uk

Website:www.littleripley.co.uk

Directors: Ruth Appleby, Tom Oakey, Jenny Appleby, Sarah Oakey

Established: 1988

Owns and manages 10 nurseries: Erdington 1 (50), Erdington 2 (60), Erdington 3 (60), Erdington 4 (52), Great Barr 1 (53), Great Barr 2 (60), Kingstanding (55), Sutton Coldfield 1 (60), Sutton Coldfield 2 (51), Sutton Coldfield 3 (28) – all in Birmingham

Places: 529

Employees: 184

Plans: New nursery opening May 2016

 

LONDON EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION (LEYF)

Head office: 121 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4LX

Tel: 020 7834 8679

Email: info@leyf.org.uk

Website: www.leyf.org.uk

Chief executive: June O’Sullivan

Established: 1903

Legal structure/status: Registered charity, company limited by guarantee and social enterprise

Manages 34 community, workplace and children’s centre nurseries: London: Abbots Manor (25), Angel (30), Bessborough (51), Bird in Bush (56), Brixton (40), Carlton Hill (66), Colville (51), Conservatoire, Blackheath (49), Earls Court (42), Eastbury (45), Fire Station, Hackney (45), Fitzrovia (25), Ford Road, Dagenham (57), Furze, Romford (52), Henry Fawcett, Lambeth (47), Holcroft (31), House of Commons, Westminster (40), Katharine Bruce, N Kensington (57), Leys (49), Lisson Green (44), Luton Street (49), Marks Gate, Romford (49), Marsham Street, Westminster (55), Micky Star, Westminster (50), New Cross (66), Noah’s Ark, Tower Hamlets (50), Paddington (48), Pembury (55), Playhouse, New Cross (51), Queens Park (44), Queensborough (39), Soho (43), Stockwell (62), Townmead (52)

Places: 1,615

Employees: 500

Plans: To grow to 50 nurseries by 2017, catering for more than 5,000 children.

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MACE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS

Head office: Units 21-22 Factory Quarter, Warple Way, London W3 7FW

Tel: 020 8749 2871

Email: mace@macemontessori.com

Website: www.macemontessori.com

Director: Shahid Hamid

Established: 1997

Owns 10 nurseries: London: East Putney (84), Finchley (88), Fortune Green (40), Hammersmith 1 (70), Hammersmith 2 (40), North Chiswick (96), Russell Square (24), Wandsworth (60), Wapping 1 (65), Wapping 2 (44)

Places: 611

Employees: 225

 

MAGIC NURSERIES

Head office: 13 Esmond Road, London W4 1JG

Tel: 020 7060 0158

Email: tom@magicnurseries.com

Director: Tom Reed

Established: 2002

Owns 17 nurseries: Hitchin, Herts (95); Leicester 1 (80), Leicester 2 (57), Leicester 3 (28), Leicester 4 (30), Leicester 5 (47), Leicester 6 (22); Kirby Muxloe (45), Market Harborough (115), Melton Mowbray (59) Shepshed (45), Whitwick (71) – all Leics; Northampton (75); Oundle, Northants (43); Redbourn, Herts (94); Rushden, Northants (96); St Ives, Cambs (94)

Places: 1,096

Employees: 410

Plans: To continue rapid expansion by acquiring high-quality individual nurseries and small groups.

 

MAGIC ROUNDABOUT NURSERIES

Head office: MRN House, Binfield Road, London SW4 6TB

Tel: 020 7498 1195

Email: hashim@mrnnursery.co.uk

Website: www.mrnnursery.co.uk

Director: Farukh Najabat

Established: 1995

Owns 5 nurseries: Bristol (92); London: Docklands (39), Kennington (104, plus 22 after-school places), Stockwell (186, plus 32 after-school places), Walthamstow (126, plus 32 after-school places)

Places: 547

Employees: 140

 

MAMA BEAR’S DAY NURSERY

Head office: 1st Floor, 60-62 High Street, Hanham, Bristol BS15 3DR

Tel: 0117 958 2030

Email: tony.driffield@mamabear.co.uk

Website: www.mamabear.co.uk

Directors: Bev Driffield, Tony Driffield, Nicola Thorne, Kerry Sturmey, Ben Chalk

Established: 2002

Owns 21 nurseries: Bristol: Brislington (72), Bradley Stoke 1 (102), Bradley Stoke 2 (62), Clifton 1 (72), Clifton 2 (120), Crews Hole (68), Downend 1 (52), Downend 2 (64), Fishponds (59), Hengrove (61), Shirehampton (68), Soundwell (73), Totterdown (80); Paignton 1, Devon (62), Paignton 2 (52), Paignton 3 (57); Plymouth 1 (115), Plymouth 2 (30); Taunton, Somerset (53); Torquay, Devon (30); Yeovil, Somerset (68)

Places: 1,420

Employees: 435

Plans: Setting opening in Hanham, Bristol (55 places) in January 2016. Two more settings planned in Bristol for 2016.

 

MILTON KEYNES PREPARATORY SCHOOLS GROUP

Head office: Milton Keynes Preparatory School, Tattenhoe Lane, Milton Keynes MK3 7EG

Tel: 01908 642111 Fax: 01908 366365

Email: info@mkps.co.uk

Website: www.mkps.co.uk

Headteacher: Hilary Pauley

Established: 1975

Owns 3 nurseries: Broughton Manor (130), Milton Keynes Preparatory School (140), Walton (150) – all attached to independent preparatory schools in Milton Keynes

Places: 420

Employees: 112

 

MON AMI CHILDREN’S DAY NURSERY

Head office: Ormsby Lodge, 12 East Street, Alford, Lincs LN13 9EQ

Tel/fax: 01507 462228

Email: mon-ami.alford@btconnect.com

Website: www.monaminurseries.co.uk

Proprietors: Samantha Britton, Jarrod Britton

Established: 2002

Owns 4 nurseries: Alford (70), Boston (55), Swineshead (63), Wragby (51) – all in Lincs

Places: 239

Employees: 46

 

*MONKEY PUZZLE DAY NURSERIES

Head office: Ground Floor, 4 Churchgates, Berkhampstead, Herts HP4 2UB

Tel: 01442 878887

Email: info@monkeypuzzledaynurseries.com

Website: www.monkeypuzzledaynurseries.com

Director: Will Campbell

Established: 1978

Owns/manages 4 nurseries and 28 franchises: Bedford (96); Bexleyheath, Kent (140); Billericay, Essex (55); Bromley, Kent (64); Chesham, Bucks (51); Cheshunt, Herts (72); Didsbury, Greater Manchester (83); Glasgow (79); High Wycombe, Bucks (60); Irthlingborough, Northants (63); Kingston, Surrey (100); London: Catford (120), Ealing (70), East Finchley (82), Highbury Park (71), Notting Hill (43), Twickenham (48), West Kensington (84); Portsmouth, Hants (80); Shefford, Beds (51); Solihull, Birmingham (44); Southport, Merseyside (87); St Albans 1 (47), St Albans 2 (87); Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warks (69); Tatsfield, Surrey (56); Warwick (72); Wickham, Hampshire (36); Weybridge, Surrey (75); Wigston, Leicestershire (72); Wilmslow, Cheshire (44); Woodlesford, Leeds (72)

Places: 2,273

Employees: 50

Plans: To open a nursery in Borehamwood.

 

MULBERRY BUSH NURSERY GROUP

Head office: Mulberry Bush Nursery Group, 741 Walmersley Road, Bury, Lancs BL9 5JW

Tel: 0161 761 0169

Email: jo.kinloch@mulberrybush-nursery.co.uk

Website: www.mulberrybush-nursery.co.uk

Director: Joanne Kinloch, Paul Robinson, Andrew Robinson

Established: 1990

Owns 5 nurseries: Bury, Greater Manchester: Dumers Lane (122), Tottington (98), Walmersley (80), Walshaw (104), Whitefield (56)

Places: 460

Employees: 160

 

*NATURALLY LEARNING

Head office: The Old Church Hall, Church Road, Charlestown, St Austell PL25 3NS

Tel: 01726 339855

Email: info@naturallylearning.co.uk

Website: www.naturallylearning.co.uk

Directors: Mandy Richardson, Judith Chapman

Senior Manager: Sophie Mansfield

Established: 2012

Owns 4 nurseries: Charlestown (36), Poltair, St Austell (56), St Winnow, Lostwithiel (42), Truro (40) – all in Cornwall

Places: 174

Out-of-school clubs: Charleston, St Winnow & Truro

Employees: 60

 

NELLY’S NURSERIES

Head office: 27 Turney Road, London SE21 8LX

Tel: 020 8761 4178

Email: info@nellys.co.uk

Website: www.nellys.co.uk

Owners: Jez Hill, Sarah Hill

Established: 2002

Owns 4 nurseries: Lancaster Avenue (46), Rosendale Road (51), Turney Road (37), Dulwich Sports Ground (36) – all London

Places: 170

Employees: 75

 

NEWPARK CHILDCARE

Head office: 67 Highbury New Park, London N5 2EU

Tel/Fax: 020 7503 0961

Website: www.newparkchildcare.co.uk

Directors: Barry Clutterbuck, Janice Clutterbuck, Tiffany Clutterbuck

Established: 1994

Owns 5 Montessori nursery schools: London: Barbican (26), Clerkenwell (64), Highbury (34), Shepherds Bush (82), Wandsworth (60)

Places: 266

Employees: 95

Plans: Ongoing expansion.

 

NORTHUMBRIAN TRUST DAY NURSERIES

Head office: 301 Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5SB

Tel: 0191 265 6501 Fax: 0191 265 6353

Email: enquiries@northumbriantrustdaynurseries.co.uk

Website: www.northumbriantrustdaynurseries.co.uk

Directors: JP Gould, EG Gould, JJ Gould

Established: 1994

Owns 4 nurseries: Newcastle upon Tyne (87, plus out-of-school club); Spennymoor, Co Durham (43); Stockton-on-Tees (80, plus out-of-school club); York (30). Also operates a training centre.

Places: 189

Employees: 64

 

NUNTHORPE NURSERIES GROUP

Head office: 2 The Crescent, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough TS7 0JP

Tel/Fax: 01642 325312

Email: headoffice@nunthorpenurseries.co.uk

Website: www.nunthorpenurseries-grp.co.uk

Directors: Paul Nelson, Ian Howlett

Established: 1989

Owns 9 nurseries: Billingham (50), Brambles Farm (78), Ingleby Barwick (60), Middlesbrough 1 (76), Middlesbrough 2 (85), Middlesbrough 3 (51), Nunthorpe (76), Ormesby (75), Stockton-on-Tees (62) – all in Teesside. Out-of-school and holiday clubs at each setting.

Places: 589

Employees: 145

 

NYEHOME NURSERY SCHOOLS

Head office: Barony Court, Barony Road, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 5RD

Tel: 01270 610846

Email: headoffice@nyehome.co.uk

Website: www.nyehome.co.uk

Managing director:Nora Connolly

Established: 1966

Owns 3 nurseries: Nantwich (77), Sandbach (40) – both in Cheshire; The Wirral (63)

Places: 180

Employees: 55

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THE OLD STATION NURSERY

Head office: 7 Park Road, Faringdon, Oxon SN7 7BP

Tel: 01367 243800

Email: enquiries@theoldstationnursery.co.uk

Website: www.theoldstationnursery.co.uk

Managing director: Sarah Steel

Established: 2002

Owns 5 nurseries: Henley-on-Thames (64), Faringdon(60), Filkins (28) – all in Oxon; Innsworth, Glos (64); Stoke Park Crèche, Bucks (30)

Owns 1 out-of-school clubWatlington (32)

Places: 278

Employees: 85

 

ONCE UPON A TIME DAY NURSERIES

Head office: Blair Athol House, Ashfield Avenue, Feltham, Middlesex TW13 5BB

Tel: 020 8751 5810 Fax: 020 8844 0800

Website: www.onceuponatimedaynurseries.co.uk

Proprietor: Lorna Hackland-Crowther

Established: 1989

Owns 6 nurseries: Hillingdon: Eastcote (26), Hayes (50), Uxbridge 1 (42), Uxbridge 2 (26); Hounslow: Feltham (63), Lower Feltham (35)

Owns 1 playgroup: Hayes, Hillingdon (26)

Places: 268

Employees: 122

 

ORANGES AND LEMONS NURSERIES

Head office: Belsize House, Belsize Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 1NF

Tel: 01382 775135Fax: 01382 737794

Email: belsize@orangeslemons.co.uk

Website: www.orangeslemons.co.uk

Manager: Dianne Grindle

Established: 1998

Owns 4 nurseries: Dundee: Broughty Ferry (60), Clement Park Place (50), Rosebank (50), Technology Park (100)

Places: 260

Employees: 130

 

PAINTPOTS PRE-SCHOOL AND NURSERY

Head office: Paintpots House, 1 Spring Court, Hawkswood, Southampton SO17 2FZ

Tel: 023 8022 3548

Email: info@paintpotsnursery.co.uk

Website: www.paintpotsnursery.co.uk

Owners: David Wright, Anna Wright

Established: 1980

Owns 8 nurseries: Southampton: Harefield (44), Freemantle (52), Portswood (64), Sholing (52), Shirley 1 (52), Shirley 2 (32), Swaythling (64), West End (44)

1 out-of-school club: Bannister School, Southampton (24)

Places: 428

Employees: 110

Plans: Plans to expand to 10 nurseries.

 

PINOCCHIO’S CHILDREN’S NURSERIES

Head office: 11 Hardengreen Business Centre, Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Eskbank, Midlothian EH22 3NX

Tel: 0131 6633 233

Website: www.pinocchiosnursery.co.uk

Directors: Stratos Koulis, Lewissa Koulis

Owns 5 nurseries: Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University (55), Eskbank (76), Gilmerton (48), Lasswade (57), Penicuick (55) – all in Midlothian

Places: 291

Employees: 120

 

PIXIELAND DAY NURSERIES

Head office: 10 Springfield Drive, Milehouse Road, Plymouth PL3 4DU

Tel: 01752 511007

Email: enquiries@pixieland.info

Website: www.pixielanddaynurseries.co.uk

Proprietor: Caroline Francis

Established: 1983

Owns/manages 4 nurseries: Devonport, MoD (36); Plymouth: Mannamead (79), Milehouse (92); Saltash (100) – all in Devon and all but MoD have out-of-school clubs and holiday clubs

Places: 307

Employees: 92

 

PLUS THREE NURSERIES

Head office: Hope House, 21c Balliol Way, Owlsmoor, Sandhurst, Berks GU47 0QN

Tel: 07970 030769

Email: plusthreenursery@aol.com

Website: www.plusthreenurseries.com

Director: Sue Butler

Nursery managers:Jenny Belcher, Claire Hawkins & Leanne Brown

Established: 1985

Owns 3 nurseries: Bracknell, Berks: Farley Wood (50), Martins Heron (50), Newell Green (60)

Places: 160

Employees: 20

 

PORTICO DAY NURSERIES

Head office: Apartment 6, Claremont House, Ruff Lane, Ormskirk, Lancs L39 4UP

Tel: 01695 581545

Email: portico.nicole@me.com

Website: www.porticonurserygroup.co.uk

Directors: Nicole Politis & Craig Jackson

Established: 2002

Owns 7 nurseries: Aughton, Lancashire (40); Eccleston Park, Merseyside (32); Moss Bank, Merseyside (44); Ormskirk, Lancashire (30); Prescot, Merseyside (87); Skelmersdale, Lancashire (52); Thatto Heath, Merseyside (32)

Owns 2 after-school clubs Aughton and St Helens

Places: 317

Employees: 104

 

PORTLAND NURSERIES

Head office: Oakwood House, 2 Hungerford Road, Edgerton, Huddersfield HD3 3AL

Tel: 01484 533322

Fax: info@portlandnurseries.co.uk

Website: www.portlandnurseries.co.uk

Directors: Rosemary Murphy, Michael A. Murphy

Established: 1991

Owns 4 nurseries: Huddersfield: Harlequin Nursery, Edgerton 1 (27), Holly Bank Nursery, Edgerton 2 (56), Oakwood House Nursery & Forest School, Edgerton 3 (84), Portland House, Lindley (90)

After-school club:Lindley (24)

Places: 265

Employees: 103

 

POSITIVE STEPS CHILDREN’S DAY NURSERY

Head office: Lower Church Street, Stokenchurch, Bucks HP14 3TG

Tel: 01494 484762

Email: headoffice@positivestepsnurseries.co.uk

Website: www.positivestepsnurseries.co.uk

Directors: Paul Clarke, Michelle Richardson

Established: 2000

Owns 8 nurseries: Apsley, Herts (90); Guildford, Surrey (84); Maidenhead 1, Berks (90), Maidenhead 2 (80); Shellingford, Oxon (55); Stokenchurch, Bucks (58); West Byfleet, Surrey (72); Sevenoaks (90)

Places: 691

Employees: 220

Plans: Seeking further premises in the south east.

 

PRE-SCHOOL LEARNING ALLIANCE

Head office: The Fitzpatrick Building, 188 York Way, London N7 9AD

Tel: 020 7697 2527 Email: info@pre-school.org.uk

Website: www.pre-school.org.uk

Chief executive: Neil Leitch

Established: 1961

Owns/manages 122 nurseries

Arbury, Cambs (36); Ashby, N Lincs (20); Barnstaple, Devon (24); Barnstone, Notts (24); Basildon 1, Essex (50); Basildon 2 (50); Bestwood, Notts (20); Birmingham 1 (60), Birmingham 2 (42), Birmingham 3 (50), Birmingham 4 (24), Birmingham 5 (24); Bolton, Greater Manchester (70); Brinsley, Notts (36); Bude, Cornwall (32); Bulwell, Notts (54); Cambridge (24); Canterbury, Kent (56); Cawston, Norfolk (24); Egloskerry, Cornwall (24); Exmouth, Devon (26); Gainsborough, Lincs (33); Gateshead, Tyne and Wear (32); Grimsby, Lincs (16); Haverhill, Suffolk (48); Holt, Norfolk (32); Huddersfield 1, Yorks (30), Huddersfield 2 (48); Hunstanton, Norfolk (26); Huntingdon 1, Cambs (49), Huntingdon 2 (20), Huntingdon 3 (26); Ilfracombe, Devon (42); Ilsington, Devon (24); Ingoldmells, Lincs (20); Keighley, Yorks (55); Kings Lynn 1, Norfolk (48), Kings Lynn 2 (27); Langley Mill, Derbyshire (52); Leeds, Yorks (26); Leicester 1 (50), Leicester 2 (20), Leicester 3 (32); Leiston, Suffolk (52); Letchworth, Herts (20); Lincoln (20); Liversedge, Yorks (16); London: Camden 1 (20), Camden 2 (20), Camden 3 (16), Ealing 1 (15), Ealing 2 (26), Erith 1 (84), Erith 2 (70), Erith 3 (70), Greenwich 1 (24), Greenwich 2 (61), Greenwich 3 (12), Greenwich 4 (12), Greenwich 5 (12), Greenwich 6 (12), Hammersmith & Fulham 1 (17), Hammersmith & Fulham 2 (20), Hammersmith & Fulham 3 (20), Ilford 1 (30), Ilford 2 (28), Lewisham 1 (24), Lewisham 2 (22), Lewisham 3 (26), Lewisham 4 (16), Lewisham 5 (17), Newham 1 (30), Newham 2 (30), Newham 3 (30), Newham 4 (30); Longstanton, Cambs (26); Luton 1, Beds (69), Luton 2 (65), Luton 3 (70), Luton 4 (32), Luton 5 (24); Mablethorpe, Lincs (46); Manchester (50); Mansfield, Notts (41); Marazion, Cornwall (24); Milton Keynes 1, Bucks (30), Milton Keynes 2 (26); New Woods, Notts (50); Newark, Notts (58); Newstead, Notts (49); Newthorpe, Notts (32); Northhampton (26); Norwich 1 (44), Norwich 2 (60); Peterborough 1 (26), Peterborough 2 (56), Peterborough 3 (26), Peterborough 4 (26), Peterborough 5 (26); Red Lion, Notts (20); Runcorn 1, Cheshire (60), Runcorn 2 (54); Selston, Notts (26); Skegness, Lincs (38); Southend 1, Essex (72), Southend 2 (84); Southwold, Suffolk (38); St Erth, Cornwall (20); Stockton on Tees 1, County Durham (75), Stockton on Tees 2 (77), Stockton on Tees 3 (48), Stockton on Tees 4 (16); Tamworth 1, Staffs (44), Tamworth 2 (54); Taunton, Somerset (38); Teignmouth, Devon (24); Tipton, W Mids (36); Tiverton, Devon (49); Torquay, Devon (30); Watford, Herts (28); Worksop 1, Notts (77), Worksop 2 (54)

Places: 4,472

Plans: To open a nursery in Exley, Staffs in 2016.

 

PRIMLEY PARK CHILDREN’S NURSERIES

Head office: 48 Nursery Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 8UH

Tel: 0113 288 8833 (admin only)

Email: shprimleypark@fsmail.net

Directors: Sandra Hutchinson (MD and operations), Malcolm Hutchinson (finance)

Established: 1991

Owns 4 nurseries: Leeds: Alwoodley (50), Moortown (79), Roundhay 1 (80), Roundhay 2 (60)

Places: 269

Employees: 92

Plans: To open a new setting in spring 2016.

 

PUFFINS OF EXETER CHILDCARE CENTRES

Head office: 13 Mont le Grand, Heavitree, Exeter, Devon EX1 2PD

Tel: 01392 496017 Fax: 01392 439903

Email: enquiries@puffinsofexeter.com

Website: www.puffinsofexeter.co.uk

Managing directors: Maureen Gard, Rosalind Taylor, Gemma Rolstone, Gillian Fawcett

Established: 1990

Owns 6 nurseries: Exeter: Clystheath (60), Heavitree (40), St Leonards (72), Southernhay (70), Sowton (60); Torquay, Shiphay (48). Apprenticeship courses.

2 after-school clubs: Exeter: Clyst St Mary (20), holiday club at Manston Terrace (30)

Places: 400

Employees: 130

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RAINBOW NURSERY

Head office: 14 Moss Way, Hillend Industrial Estate, Dalgety, Fife KY11 9JS

Tel: 01383 821970

Email: rainbownursery2@btconnect.com

Website: www.rainbowchildcarefife.co.uk

Directors: Craig Skinner, Ian Skinner

Established: Acquired in 2010

Owns 3 nurseries: Dalgety Bay (89), Glenrothes (117), St Andrews (64) – all in FifePlaces: 270

Employees: 66

 

RASCALS DAY NURSERIES

Head office: 121a Circular Road, Belfast, N. Ireland BT4 2GE

Tel: 028 9076 1333 Fax: 028 9076 9333

Email: reception@rascalsdaynurseries.com

Website: www.rascalsdaynurseries.com

Managing directors: Lynne D’Arcy, Roger D’Arcy

Established: 1988

Owns 8 nurseries: Belfast: Belfast East 1 (119), Belfast East 2 (50), Belfast North 1 (50), Belfast North 2 (100), Belfast South 1 (58), Belfast South 2 (28), Belfast South 3 (140); Londonderry (50)

Places: 595

Employees: 238

 

RHYMETIME NURSERY

Head office: Connolly Lodge, Berrywood Close, St Crispins, Northampton NN5 4BW

Tel: 01604 586440

Email: michelle.avenue@btinternet.com

Managing director: Michelle Harris

Established: 2000

Owns 6 nurseries: Corby (70), Kettering (64), Northampton (96), Rushden (94), Woodleys Farm Day Nursery (40), Woodleys Park Day Nursery (72) – all in Northants

Places: 436

Employees: 70

 

ROSEDENE NURSERIES

Head office: Guisborough Day Nursery, 66a Hutton Lane, Guisborough TS14 6QP

Tel: 01287 633007

Email: enquiries@rosedenenurseries.co.uk

Website: www.rosedenenurseries.co.uk

Directors: Clare McCullagh, John McCullagh

Established: 1993

Owns 11 nurseries: Cleveland 1, N Yorks – Sunrise (56), Cleveland 2 – Wolviston (30); Darlington, Co Durham (60); Egglescliffe, Co Durham (24); Guisborough, N Yorks (54); Middlesbrough: Acklam (36), Hemlington (50), Kader (36), Ormesby (41); Saltburn-by-the-Sea, N Yorks (45); Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham (48)

Places: 480

Employees: 150

 

ROSY APPLE CHILDCARE

Head office: Unit 6, Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Riversway, Preston PR2 2YS

Tel: 01772 733777

Email: sharon@rosyapplechildcare.com

Website: www.rosyapplechildcare.com

Chief executive: Sharon Alexander

Managing director: Sharon Fenton

Established: 2003

Owns 5 nurseries: Blackburn (75); Preston 1 (55), Preston 2 (83), Preston 3 (65); Skelmersdale (71) – all in Lancs

Places: 349

Employees: 90

Plans: Continued development of the settings with the addition of before- and after-school clubs, along with holiday care.

 

SAFEHANDS GREEN START NURSERIES

Head office: 2 Neptune Court, Hallam Way, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, Lancs FY4 5LZ

Tel: 01253 922922

Email: info@safehandsnurseries.com

Website: www.safehandsnursery.net

Established: 1997

Owner:Simon Rigby

Owns 13 nurseries: Accrington, Lancs (59); Barnoldswick, Lancs (70); Blackpool (78); Colne, Lancs (60); Crewe, Cheshire 1 (62), Crewe 2 (65), Crewe 3 (60); Kendal, Cumbria (60); Northwich, Cheshire (72); Penrith, Cumbria (47); Preston 1, Lancs (61); Preston 2 (90); Stalybridge, Tameside (96)

Places: 880

Employees:143

 

*SCHOOLHOUSE DAYCARE

Head office: 45 De La Beche Road, Sketty, Swansea SA2 9EA

Tel: 01792 202900

Email: mail@schoolhouse-daycare.co.uk

Website: www.schoolhouse-daycare.co.uk

Established: 1998

Directors:Amanda Bennett, Kevin Bennett

Owns 7 nurseries: Bridgend (50); Carmarthen: Glangwili (50), Tycroes (18); Neath Port Talbot (42); Swansea: City (46), Morriston (121), Sketty (118)Places: 445

Employees:116

 

SEYMOUR HOUSE DAY NURSERY SCHOOLS

Head office: Seymour House, 140 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1RN

Tel: 01245 213213

Email: admin@seymourhouse.co.uk

Website: www.seymourhouse.co.uk

Directors: John Player, Julie Player, Jonathan Player

Established: 1988

Owns 10 nurseries: Basildon (34); Chelmsford: Broomfield Hospital (50), Broomfield Road (50), Lawn Lane (50), Springfield Road (50); Colchester (51); Laindon (51); St Albans (66), Wickford (73), Witham (66) – all in Essex

Places: 541

Employees: 200

Plans: Seeking expansion in the south east.

 

*SHOOTING STARS NURSERIES

Head office: 168 Lower High Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1TT

Tel: 01384 444355

Email: stourbridge@myshootingstars.com

Website: www.myshootingstars.com

Director: Jon Higgins

Established: 2009

Owns 4 nurseries: Gloucester (76), Hinckley (78), Stourbridge (59), Wolverhampton (86) – all in W Midlands

Places: 299

Employees: 106

 

SIXPENNY CHILDCARE

Head office: Kennet Barns, Church Lane, Mildenhall, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire

SN8 2LU

Tel: 01672 511931

Email: kate@sixpenny-childcare.co.uk

Website: www.sixpenny-childcare.co.uk

Proprietor: Kate Easter

Established: 2001

Owns 3 nurseries: Aldbourne (40), Devizes (66), Marlborough (68) – all in Wilts

Places: 174

Employees: 55

Plans: Further expansion planned in Wiltshire and neighbouring counties.

 

SNAPDRAGONS NURSERIES

Head office: Prospect Farm, 43 Bath Road, Atworth, Melksham, Wilts SN12 8JW

Tel: 01225 707009

Email: atworth@snapdragonsnursery.com

Website: www.snapdragonsnursery.com

Directors: Paul Collard (finance and creative director), Rosemary Collard (managing director), Paul Collard (creative director), Jennifer Biddel (operations director)

Established: 1998

Owns 8 nurseries: Atworth (39), Broadwood (74), Corsham (100), Melksham (31) – all in Wilts; Bath and North East Somerset: Grosvenor (70), Horfield, Bristol (120), Keynsham (122), Weston (164)

4 out-of-school clubs: Atworth (8), Broadwood (16), Corsham (48), Weston (30)

Places: 720

Employees: 200

Plans: New nursery in Bristol opening in summer 2016.

 

*SOUTH HILLS NURSERY

Head office: Home Farm Road, Wilton, Wiltshire SP2 8PJ

Tel: 01722 744971

Email: southhillsschool@btinternet.com

Website: www.southhillsschool.com

Directors: John Proctor, Alicia Proctor

Established: 1994

Owns 6 nurseries: Burcombe (24), Corsham (60), Hindon (20), Salisbury 1 (70), Salisbury 2 (60), Wilton (150) – all in Wilts

Places: 384

Employees: 70+

 

*SPL EDUCATION AND EXETER NURSERIES

Nursery Team office: 36 Alphington Road, Exeter EX2 8HN

Tel: 01392 435071

Finance office: 143 Exeter Road, Exmouth, EX8 5AU

Tel: 01395 274938 Email: denise.cronin@splnurseries.co.uk

Directors: Jon Middleton

Established: 2006

Owns 4 nurseries: Exeter 1 (60), Exeter 2 (80), Exeter 3 (63); Exmouth (56) – all in Devon

Places: 269

Employees: 90

 

ST GEORGE’S NURSERY SCHOOLS

Head office: 2 Grace Road, Leicester LE2 8AD

Tel: 01162 290023

Email: enquiries@stgeorgesnursery.com

Website: www.stgeorgesnursery.com

Director: Birju Ghelani, Jaimie Ghelani

Established: 1994

Owns 5 nurseries: Aylestone (94), Enderby (84), Leicester City (90), Narborough (60), Oadby (85) – all in Leics

Places: 413

Employees: 95

 

SUNHILL DAYCARE (EUROPE)

Head office: PO Box 157, Royston, Herts SG8 9WY

Tel: 01763 247474 Fax: 01763 243033

Website: www.sunhilldaycare.com

Email: enquiries@sunhilldaycare.com

Directors: Geoff Chapman (managing director), Claire Jones (chief executive officer), Kirsty Love (compliance, care and educaton manager)

Established: 1991

Owns 10 nurseries:Aylesbury, Bucks (94); Basildon, Essex (87); Berkhamsted (87), Hemel Hempstead (77), Royston (80) – all in Herts; Fen Drayton (72), GreatAbington (82), St Neots (47) – all in Cambs; Suffolk 1 (58), Suffolk 2 (40)

2 out-of-school club: St Neots (25); Suffolk (16)

Places: 724

Employees: 210

Plans: Further acquisitions.

 

SWINGBOAT NURSERIES

Head office: 147-149 Hermitage Road, Whitwick, Leics LE67 5EL

Tel: 01530 814477 Email: info@hermitagedaynursery.co.uk

Website: www.swingboatnurseries.co.uk

Directors: Elaine Blunt, Graham Blunt

Established: 1996

Owns 3 nurseries: Ashby (50), Hermitage (80) – both in Leics; Woodville, Derbys (110)

4 out-of-school clubs: Ashby-de-la-Zouch (48), Griffydam (48), Whitwick (49) – all in Leics; Woodville (48)

Places: 240

Employees: 132

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TARA KINDERGARTENS

Head office: 4 Ridgemead Close, Southgate, London N14 6NW

Tel/fax: 020 8886 8334

Email: taraho@hotmail.co.uk

Website: www.tarakindergartens.co.uk

Proprietor: Raj Nagendran

Established: 1992

Owns 4 nurseries: London: Edmonton (72), Enfield (50) Southgate (100), Uxbridge (60)

Places: 282

Employees: 95

 

TENDERLINKS DAY NURSERIES

Head office: Lampard Investments, Hill House, 210 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 6NP

Tel: 07940 391682

Email: fkhaki@lampardinvestments.com

Website: www.tenderlinksdaynursery.co.uk

Managing director: Farouq Khaki

Established: 2006

Owns 3 nurseries: London: Norbury (19), Streatham (38); Twickenham, Middlesex (18)

Places: 75

Employees: 22

 

TINYSAURUS NURSERIES

Head office: Supersaurus Nursery, 46 Cromwell Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 3ER

Tel: 01273 730017 Email: accounts@supersaurusnursery.co.uk

Website: www.tinysaurusnursery.co.uk

Directors: Rikke Kerler, KF Phoon

Established: 2006

Owns 5 nurseries: Burgess Hill, West Sussex (45); Hove 1, East Sussex (51), Hove 2 (100), Hove 3 (122); Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex (84)

Places: 402

Employees: 120

Plans: To open 2 more nurseries, in Brighton (50) and Hove (45).

 

TINY TEDDIES DAY NURSERY

Head office: The Old Fire Station, Chetton Avenue, Daimler Green, Radford, Coventry CV6 3LA

Tel: 02476 590059

Email:info@tinyteddies.co.uk

Website: www.tinyteddies.co.uk

Email:rachel@tinyteddies.co.uk

Principals: Paul Ingram, Michelle Ingram

Established: 2003

Owns 4 nurseries: Coventry: Radford (89), Tile Hill (22), Whitley (37); Balsall Common, Solihull (76)

Places: 224

Employees: 60

 

TINY TOEZ

Head office: Bredon House, Suite G3, 321 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton WV6 0JZ

Tel: Contact each nursery directly

Email: admin@tinytoez.com

Website: www.tinytoez.com

Directors: Ranjana Mair, Kamal Mair

Established: 2004

Owns 14 nurseries: Burton-on-Trent, Staffs (60); Cannock Chase 1 (48), Cannock Chase 2 (83); London: Ealing (56), Feltham (116), Hounslow (56); Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs (98); Stoke-on Trent 1 (84), Stoke-on-Trent 2 (58), Stoke-on-Trent 3 (62), Stoke-on-Trent 4 (57); Stourport, Worcs (41); Tamworth, Staffs (95); Tipton, W Mids (66)

Places: 980

Employees: 250

Plans: To introduce creche provision at Cannock Chase.

 

TOAD HALL NURSERY GROUP

Head office: Glover Centre, 23-25 Bury Mead Road, Hitchin SG 1R2

Tel: 01462 427020

Email: headoffice@toadhall-nursery.co.uk

Website: www.toadhall-nursery.co.uk

Directors: Ruth Pimentel

Established: 1998

Owns 16 nurseries: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (78); Chessington, Surrey (57); Colmworth, Beds (55); Ealing (50); Haslemere, Surrey (72); Hitchin, Herts (107); Horley, Surrey (53); Langley, Berks (101); Ottershaw, Surrey (41); Ripley, Surrey (40); Walton-on-Thames 1, Surrey (81), Walton-on-Thames 2 (52), Walton-on-Thames 3 (12) – all Surrey; Watford, Herts (80); Winnersh, Berks (72); Woking, Surrey (104)

Places: 1,056

Employees: 380

Plans: Further acquisitions; expansion at two sites.

 

TOMMIES CHILDCARE

Head office: Unit 10 Colliers Way, Spring Hill Industrial Park, Coventry CV7 8HN

Tel: 01676 540244

Email: info@tommieschildcare.co.uk

Website: www.tommieschildcare.co.uk

Directors: Caroline Fooks (chief executive), Matt Fooks (business manager), Danielle Andrews (operations manager)

Established: 2003

Owns 10 nurseries: Coventry: Chapelfields (28), Coundon 1 (34), Hen Lane (50), Norman Place Road (30), Wickham Close (24), Parkville Highway (84); Kenilworth 1 (28), Kenilworth 2 (30); Nuneaton 1 (28), Nuneaton 2 (34)

1 out-of-school club: Coventry: Moseley Avenue (17)

Places: 370

Employees: 125

 

TOPS DAY NURSERIES

Head office: 744 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3SJ

Tel: 01202 551553

Email: admin@topsdaynurseries.co.uk

Website: www.topsdaynurseries.co.uk

Director: Cheryl Hadland

Established: 1990

Owns 16 nurseries: Gillingham (112), Boscombe (135), Bournemouth, Royal Bournemouth Hospital (131), Charminster (59), Corfe Mullen (86), Parkstone (56), Poole (129), Sturminster Newton (58), Wareham (47), Wimborne (98) – all in Dorset; Newport, Isle of Wight, IoW College, Hants (61); Portsmouth 1 (61), Portsmouth 2 (61); Taunton 1, Somerset (35), Taunton 2, Musgrove Park Hospital (122); Winchester, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Hants (61).

Crèche opportunities available. Also provides training in care.

Places: 1,312

Employees: 531

 

TORRIDON EDUCATION GROUP

Head office: 23a King Street, Lossiemouth, Moray IV31 6PZ

Tel: 01343 813342

Managing director: Sharon Hayward

Operations manager: Lauren Hayward

Established: 1994

Owns 3 nurseries: Elgin (60), Lossiemouth 1 (80), Lossiemouth 2 (60) – all in Moray. Accredited training run through a college offering SVQs in childcare and education.

Places: 200

Employees: 16

 

TOWNSEND MONTESSORI NURSERIES

Head office: The Grange Montessori, Westcliffe Road, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9LJ

Tel: 01843 852575

Email: office@tmnurseries.com

Website: www.tmnurseries.com

Managing director: Philippa Townsend

Established: 2005

Owns 8 nurseries: Broadstairs (85), Faversham (118), Margate 1 (77), Margate 2 (72), Ramsgate (94), Whitstable (106), Maidstone (97) – all in Kent; Forest Hill, London (89).

Places: 738

Employees: 222

Plans: To expand in Kent and London.

 

TREETOPS NURSERIES

Acquired Happy Child in 2014.Head office: 1 St James’ Court, Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1BT

Tel: 01332 223553

Email: info@treetopsnurseries.co.uk

Website: www.treetopsnurseries.co.uk

Chief executive officer: Charles Eggleston

Established: 1990

Owns 49 nurseries: Ashbourne (50), Barlborough (83), Belper 1 (90), Belper 2 (90), Derby (64), Duffield (58), Matlock (82), Oakwood (65) – all in Derbyshire; Biggleswade (142), Sandy (78), Stotford (60) – all in Beds; Birlingham, Worcs (62); Bolton, Lancs (78); Bromborough, Merseyside (68); Cheam, Surrey (62); Cheltenham 1 (56), Cheltenham 2 (90); Chester, Cheshire (76); Deeping St James, Lincs (50); Dudley, W Midlands (75); Epsom, Surrey (71); Irby, Wirral (70); Kettering, Northants (90); London: Ealing 1 (39), Ealing 2 (52), Ealing 3 (50), Fulham (130), Harlesden (66), Harrow (50), Kenton (58), Kilburn (70), Mottingham 1 (58), Mottingham 2 (26), Northfields (35), West Ealing 1 (18), West Ealing 2 (35), Teddington (63); Gloucester (68); Headingley, Leeds (54); Hyde, Cheshire (90); King’s Heath, Birmingham (74); Mansfield, Notts (75); Neston, Merseyside (65); Pudsey, Leeds (92); St Neots, Cambs (93); Sutton, Surrey (43); Tewkesbury, Glos (56); Toton, Nottingham (65); Worksop, Notts (85)

Places: 3,320

Employees: 800

 

TUDOR HOUSE MONTESSORI

Head office: Tudor House Montessori, Gloucester Road, Burgess Hill, W Sussex RH15 8QD

Tel: 01444 241 491

Email: enquiries@tudorhousemontessorigroup.co.uk

Website: www.tudorhousemontessorigroup.co.uk

Managing director: Carole-Ann Benson

Established: 1998

Owns 6 nurseries: Burgess Hill 1 (30), Burgess Hill 2 (48), Burgess Hill 3 (70); Haywards Heath (44); Lindfield 1 (30), Lindfield 2 (28) – all in W Sussex

Places: 250

Employees: 85

 

TWINKLES NURSERY GROUP

Head office: Clifford Road, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6DB

Tel: 01937 849588

Email: jill@twinklesnurseries.com

Website: www.twinklesnurseries.com

Owner: Jill Johnson

Established: 2003

Owns 5 nurseries: Boston Spa, W Yorks (93); Knaresborough, N Yorks (92); Leeds 1 (108), Leeds 2 (90); Wetherby, W Yorks (97)

3 out-of-school clubs: 88

Places: 568

Employees: 132

Plans: Developing a number of locations due for completion in 2016 as well as extending a couple of current provisions.

 

WHITE HORSE CHILD CARE/THE TREES DAY CARE NURSERIES

Head office: Stanley House, 64-65 Victoria Road, Swindon, Wilts SN1 3BB

Tel: 01793 488988

Email: post@whitehorse.co.uk

Website: www.thetrees.co.uk

Directors: Richard Lay, Lester Lay, Lloyd Lay, Peter Lay

Established: 1989

Owns 6 nurseries: Devizes, Wilts (68); Eastleigh, Hants (93); Southampton 1, Hants (85), Southampton 2 (83); Swindon 1, Wilts (88), Swindon 2 (74)

Places: 491

Employees: 148

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WIND IN THE WILLOWS CHILD CARE

Head office: 45 Cross Lane, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 9PT

Tel: 01925 221010

Directors: Ginny Taylor, Neil Taylor

Established: 1993

Owns 6 nurseries: Newton-le-Willows 1, Merseyside (54), Newton-le-Willows 2 (52); Pewfall, St Helens (29); Sefton, Merseyside (76); Warrington, Cheshire 1 (29), Warrington 2 (93)

2 after-school clubs: Newton-le-Willows 1 (16), Newton-le-Willows 2 (40) – both in Merseyside

Places: 333

Employees: 80

 

WYNGARTH DAY NURSERY

Head office: Wyngarth, 26 Kings Road, Westend, Colwyn Bay, Colwyn LL29 7YH

Tel: 01492 533151

Website: www.wyngarthdaynursery.com

Director: Victoria Neale

Established: 2006

Owns 3 nurseries: Bangor (36); Llandudno Junction (36); Westend (56)

1 out-of-school club:Glanwydden (18)

Places: 128

Employees: 30

 

YELLOW DOT NURSERY

Head office: The Pavilion Yellow Dot Nursery, Otterbourne, Hants SO21 2HJ

Email: jane@yellowdotnursery.co.uk

Website: www.yellowdotnursery.co.uk

Directors: Jane Dyke, Trevor Dyke

Established: 1997

Owns 10 nurseries and 1 kindergarten: Ampfield (64), Andover (75), Chandlers Ford 1 (64), Chandlers Ford 2 – Kindergarten (26), Chilworth (64), Eastleigh (75), Fair Oak (64), Hedge End (64), North Baddesley (64), Otterbourne (86), Winchester (75) – all in Hants

Places:721

Employees: 395

Plans: Opening a nursery (64) in Romsey in September 2016

*YMCA

YMCA is a federation of local YMCAs. Find your local YMCA at www.ymca.org.uk

Website: www.ymca.org.uk

Owns 38 nurseries and pre-schools: Bath YMCA: Bath 1 (26), Bath 2 (26), Bath 3 (46), Bath 4 (55), Bath 5 (38), Bath 6 (55). Bournemouth YMCA: Bournemouth (25), Boscombe (30) – both in Dorset. YMCA Black Country Group: West Bromwich 1 (119), West Bromwich 2 (52); Wolverhampton (53) – all W Midlands. YMCA Fairthorne Group: Isle of Wight 1 (86), Isle of Wight 2 (56); Portsmouth 1 (53), Portsmouth 2 (72), Portsmouth 3 (58); Southampton 1 (30), Southampton 2 (128), Southampton 3 (30), Southampton 4 (46), Southampton 5 (32), Southampton 6 (108); Winchester (30) – all in Hants. High Wycombe YMCA: High Wycombe, Bucks (20). YMCA Somerset Coast: North Somerset (60). YMCA Southport: Southport, Merseyside (52). YMCA St Helens: St Helens, Merseyside (96). YMCA Suffolk: Lowestoft 1 (51), Lowestoft 2 (55) – both in Suffolk. YMCA Thames Gateway: Dartford 1, Kent (62), Dartford 2 (24); Romford, London(24); Swanscombe, Kent (16). YMCA West and Central Herts: Abbots Langley (94); Hatfield (73) – both in Herts. YMCA Worcestershire: Kidderminster (42); Malvern (24); Redditch (52) – all Worcs

Places: 1,999

Employees: 1,000+

 

ZOOM NURSERIES

Head office: 5 Lionel Road, Eltham, London SE9 6QD

Tel: 020 8469 9795

Email: bella@zoomnurseries.com

Website: www.zoomnurseries.com

Directors: Bella Landen, Sophie Hubble

Established: 2003

Owns 5 nurseries London: Blackheath (71), Brockley (103), Eltham (71), Hither Green 1 (74), Hither Green 2 (30)

Places: 349

Employees: 120

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