Just Childcare continues rapid expansion

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Nursery group Just Childcare has bought two more settings in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.


St Mary's Day Nursery and Small World Day Nurseries are the latest settings to join the Just Childcare group

The settings, St Mary’s Day Nursery and Small World Day Nursery, which are located ten miles apart in Bessacarr and Hatfield respectively, offer places for 242 children between them.

The purchase brings Just Childcare to a total of 55 settings across the North West, Yorkshire and South West of England, offering a total of 4,094 childcare places.

The acquisition marks the group’s fourth deal this year, after it bought Funcare’s three Harrogate settings in March and Kiddy Factory Nursery in Speke and Stonehouse Childcare nursery in Leyland in February.

The two Doncaster settings, which were established in 2004 by Jonathon and Donna Woodhead, are both rated Outstanding by Ofsted. 

Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co handled the sale.


Mr and Mrs Woodhead commented, ‘After 15 fantastic years building the nurseries from humble beginnings to the successful and outstanding establishments that they are today, we have decided it is our time to step down and hand over the reins. 

‘We have many wonderful memories and would like to thank all of the staff who have a real passion for childcare and parents past and present who have helped make the nurseries what they are today.’

David Johnson, chief executive at Just Childcare, said, ‘We’re delighted to be able to add St Mary’s and Small World Day Nurseries to our portfolio, with their fantastic reputations for quality and well established standing in the community. 

‘Jonathon and Donna have done a brilliant job and it will be a pleasure to take over from their hard work, continuing the nurseries’ exceptional care and education standards.

‘We have had an exciting period in 2019, with several settings joining the Just Childcare family and we look forward to investing in and growing our group throughout the rest of this year.’

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