Growth and Acquisitions

Welcoming new nurseries to Thrive Childcare and Education.

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Welcoming New nurseries to Thrive Childcare and Education.

Selling a children’s nursery business to the right buyer does not have to be a daunting prospect. As a leading childcare and education provider, our goal is to continue the great work that we have been doing throughout Scotland and England with an aim to developing our brand’s reach. We intend to further our passion for childcare, our ethos and our provision of safe, nurturing and happy environments by acquiring new sites across the country. If you are interested in selling your nursery business, then please consider our reputation as a trusted business that is keen to spread its ethos to all of our sites but also to maintain the unique spirit of the individual nurseries we acquire.

We genuinely believe that childhood is a treasured time and high-quality Early Years care and education can shape every child’s life in a positive way. Therefore,  it is our responsibility to provide environments and experiences that capture the joys of childhood, nurture each child’s individual growth and development, and pave the way for success in school and life.

Thrive Childcare and Education are constantly welcoming new acquisitions to our portfolio. In February of this year, we added the outstanding Village Group Nurseries to the Thrive family. Our most recent acquisition in May of this year, is the lovely Homestead Nursery in Frodsham, Cheshire.

Thrive With Us

We offer a unique, early education experience built on 20 years of expertise and understanding of working families and their needs. Childcare and early education isn’t just what we do – it’s who we are.  Our growth ambitions are fuelled by our desire to provide Early Years care to as many children as possible and our mission is to be recognised as a local provider of choice, on a national scale.

Our existing network of sites means we offer families access to our nursery settings across Scotland and the North of England.   We are currently Scotland’s largest nursery group and we are looking to expand our existing portfolio of sites across the North of England, by acquiring high-quality nursery settings aligned to our brand and our values.

So, what are we looking for?

Single or multi-site group providers

Good locations across:-

  • Lancashire
  • Yorkshire
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Merseyside
  • Cheshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Shropshire

Freehold or leasehold opportunities

Spacious outdoor area/grounds

Nurseries operating with 60+ full-time places (or with expansion opportunities)

Strong nursery leadership and team

Attractive demographics

Car parking and/or space for child drop off and collection

Check out our News page for information about recently acquired nurseries!

Owner of Poplars Nursery selling her children's nursery business to Thrive Childcare and Education

Interested in selling your nursery business?

If you are looking for guidance on selling your children’s nursery business or wish to have a conversation to explore the process and would like to speak with an experienced member of our acquisitions team, please fill out the form below.

Any communication with our team will be kept strictly confidential.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Experienced Team

We are fortunate to have a full Senior Leadership team of experts in a wide range of fields. Our team has probably come across any challenges or issues that you might be facing, so we are well placed to help you navigate any issues that might crop up during any potential process.

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Dedicated support team

We are happy to help you with each step of the process if desired. Our team includes experienced transactors and education and childcare sector experts who are happy to act as a sounding board and give you an honest view regarding any challenges that you might be facing ahead of any potential transaction process. We are more than happy to help and support where we can.