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Category: Early Years

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Hungary: Early learning start-up Bookr Kids raises €4m in funding

Early learning reading company Bookr Kids has raised €2 million in new funding and a ...
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New Zealand: Evolve Education announces half-year profit and bond issue for acquisition phase

Auckland-based New Zealand and Australian childcare and education centre operator Evolve Education Group has announced ...
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Australia: Busy Bees ups the ante in bid for Think Childcare

Busy Bees has put in an offer for Australian nursery group Think Childcare which is ...
1 week
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US: Encantos raises $3.2m and makes two senior hires

Ed tech company Encantos, which helps children learn through digital and physical play, has closed ...
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UK: Welcome Nurseries completes two acquisitions

Welcome Nurseries, established in last year, has acquired two further settings bringing it to 15 ...
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UK: Orange Tree Day Nursery acquires Derbyshire setting

Orange Tree Day Nursery, which operates four nursery settings, has acquired Chuckle Bunnies, based in ...
3 weeks
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UK: Ashworth View Nursery owner acquires sixth setting

Edward Smethurst of Ashworth View Nursery has acquired Little Steps Day Nursery in Rochdale, Greater ...
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US: Bright Horizons’ profit continues to suffer from pandemic

Childcare and early education group Bright Horizons Family Solutions has reported a net loss of ...
3 weeks
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Sweden: Listed education company buys school operator for £16m

AcadeMedia, a publicly listed Swedish education company, has acquired RE Skolor, the owner of Swedish ...
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UK: La Maison Bleue continues its acquisition strategy

French nursery group La Maison Bleue today announced the acquisition of Sunhill Daycare Nurseries Group ...
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Singapore: Australia’s G8 exits city-state with sale to Nurture Education Group

Nurture Education Group, the Singapore arm of international nursery giant Babilou, claims to be one ...
4 weeks
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UK: Synova-backed Chatsworth acquires three Oxfordshire nurseries

Chatsworth Schools has acquired Tiny Toes Day Nurseries, three Oxfordshire settings catering for newborn to ...
1 month
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UK: Competition watchdog could block YPO’s £50m takeover of Findel

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally found that Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation’s anticipated purchase ...
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UK: Pre-school ed tech buys Curious World, as appetite for deals deepens

London-based pre-school educational platform Hopster has acquired Curious World, which provides the Curious George-branded learning ...
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British nursery operator continues roll-up, buying five settings

MiChild Group has acquired Childs-Play, a nursery group based in Blackpool with a combined capacity ...
2 months
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US: Early learning company raises $50m

Begin, the company behind the early learning programme Homer has closed a $50 million Series ...
2 months
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UK: Chinese investor acquires six nurseries

Early years new entrant Ann Education has acquired A Step Ahead Nurseries, a group of ...
2 months
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UK: Mama Bear’s Day Nursery appoints new commercial director

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School group has appointed Chris Marston (pictured) as commercial director to support ...
2 months
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UK: Apiary Capital takes stake in further education provider, installing Boris Johnson’s brother as chair

London-based buyout firm Apiary Capital has invested in Access Creative College and appointed Jo Johnson, ...
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France: Klassroom raises $3m to expand overseas

Klassroom, a Paris-based company that aids parent-teacher communication in pre-kindergarten and all elementary school grades, ...
3 months
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China: RYB Education reports losses and revenue slump

Early childhood education service provider, RYB Education, reported a second-quarter 2020 net loss of $12.8 ...
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Australia: Mayfield Childcare earnings down despite government aid

Malvern, Victoria-based early years childcare provider Mayfield Childcare has reported Mayfield Childcare has reported childcare ...
4 months
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France: Infrastructure fund Antin buys stake in Babilou, valuing nursery operator at €1-1.5 billion

French infrastructure fund Antin Partners has acquired a stake in nursery giant Babilou after fending ...
4 months
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US: Bright Horizons acquires childcare website

Bright Horizons has acquired Sittercity, an online marketplace connecting families and caregivers. Chicago-based Sittercity created ...
4 months
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US: Bright Horizons battered by Covid-19

Childcare and early education group Bright Horizons Family Solutions has reported net income of just ...
4 months
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Third of UK childcare practices could close within a year

Childcare platform Childcare.co.uk says a third of childcare providers (33%) believe they may have to ...
4 months
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UK: Welsh language nursery in Cardiff acquired

A Welsh language nursery in Cardiff has been acquired in a deal backed with a ...
4 months
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UK: The Childcare and Learning Group acquire central London nursery

The Childcare and Learning Group, an established operator with 17 nurseries across London and the ...
5 months
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US: WeWork offloads two education businesses

WeWork, the shared office space provider, has divested two of its education businesses in recent ...
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China: Stock exchange probes company over loan to London-based private school group

Listed Chinese companies that ventured into education from sectors including industrial production are reportedly facing ...
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UK: Scottish nursery group expands domestic footprint with acquisition

Scotland-based Little Beehive Nursery Group has acquired Little Einsteins nursery in Kirkcaldy, which has capacity ...
6 months
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15 listed education companies that have grown despite Covid-19

Listed education companies with technology-driven delivery models have seen the greatest increase in value since ...
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Shifting sands: United Arab Emirates’ private education market set to shrink 12% by September

The United Arab Emirates’ private education market is poised to contract by between 10% and ...
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Chinese school groups eye international expansions amid pandemic as mainland nurseries struggle to survive

The Covid-19 pandemic will not “significantly depress” most Chinese private schools’ revenues this year, a ...
7 months
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UK: Competition watchdog probes nursery sector as parents cite refund denials

The UK’s competition watchdog is investigating nursery and childcare providers for allegedly failing to issue ...
7 months
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Hong Kong nursery group reportedly becomes latest Covid-19 casualty

A Hong Kong nursery group and single-site kindergarten that were in operation for more than ...
7 months
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China-backed KSI Education acquires UK independent school and nursery

The UK’s KSI Education, which is bankrolled by a Chinese investment firm, has acquired Heathfield ...
7 months
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France’s Grandir continues UK expansion

France's Grandir, which owns Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries, has continued its UK expansion by acquiring ...
7 months
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Revealed: UK lender refuses to bankroll nursery acquisition until target performs “in line with pre-Covid-19 levels”

A prominent UK lender has refused to bankroll an acquisition in the country’s early years ...
8 months
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Covid-19: French nurseries and schools set to re-open in May

Nurseries and primary and secondary schools in France will begin to re-open on 11 May ...
8 months
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Covid-19: Evolve Education cancels £7m acquisition of Australian day care centres

Evolve Education, a New Zealand-headquartered pre-school operator, has cancelled its acquisition of five nurseries in ...
8 months
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UK: Campaigners question investment of public money in overseas schools after IFC halts funding in sector

Campaigners have called into question the UK’s decision to spend millions of pounds funding private ...
8 months
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Covid-19: UK English language trainers plead for help from chancellor

English language training provider representative body English UK has written to chancellor of the exchequer ...
8 months
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UK: Kids Allowed acquisition takes Kids Planet to third place

Kids Planet became the third biggest nursery group in the UK when it acquired eight ...
8 months
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Covid-19: UK nursery groups unite to tackle pandemic-induced challenges

Competing UK nursery operators have joined forces to tackle the challenges brought on by the ...
8 months
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UK: Storal Learning acquires 20th setting

Expanding nursery group Storal Learning has establishes its 20th early years setting with the acquisition ...
8 months
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Covid-19: Global education market fears pandemic will cause long-lasting damage – survey

Education institutions around the world fear that the covid-19 pandemic could cause long-lasting damage to ...
9 months
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UK: Old Station Nurseries acquires Essex setting

Growing nurseries group The Old Station Nurseries has acquired Small Friends Day Nursery, located in ...
9 months
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As governments across the world continue to impose national school closures, schools and nurseries in ...
9 months
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Exclusive: UK independent school proprietors warn of permanent closures in wake of educational lockdown

Proprietors of UK-based independent schools have warned that some institutions may not survive coronavirus-induced closures ...
9 months
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Covid-19: UK nurseries granted one-year business rates holiday, but ‘more support needed’, says sector

The UK’s early years sector has called on the government to offer “far more help” ...
9 months
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Covid-19: Demand for online tutoring spikes as UK schools prepare to close

UK tutoring businesses are seeing a surge in enquiries from parents looking for online services ...
9 months
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Covid-19: UK government closes all schools and nurseries indefinitely; cancels GCSE and A-level exams

The UK government has ordered all of the country’s schools and nurseries to close on ...
9 months
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Exclusive: Canadian pension fund and buyout houses vie for ownership of Babilou

The investment arm of Canadian pension fund OMERS and French infrastructure fund Antin are among ...
9 months
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Covid-19: France closes all schools and universities

France is closing all of its schools and universities in response to the coronavirus pandemic. ...
9 months
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Exclusive: French nursery provider to expand UK footprint with new acquisition

French nursery operator Grandir is set to acquire Nurture Day Nurseries, a pair of London ...
9 months
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UK: Dukes Education absorbs London-based schools group

Dukes Education, a UK-based operator of premium private schools, has acquired House Schools Group, a ...
10 months
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UK: New owner for Park Lane Kids

Dan Slipper, the owner of Alpha Kindergarten in Peterborough and an established corporate buyer, has ...
10 months
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Australia: Mayfield Childcare profits down

Malvern, Victoria-based early years childcare provider Mayfield Childcare has reported total comprehensive income of A$3.3 ...
10 months
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UK’s largest nursery operator acquires setting in Kent

Busy Bees, the UK’s largest nursery operator, has acquired Sevenoaks-based Squiggles Childcare, boosting its UK ...
10 months
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Exclusive: UK buyout house brings nursery platform to market

Foresight Group, a UK-based private equity firm, has appointed corporate financiers from KPMG to oversee ...
11 months
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Stakeholders in Babilou have drafted in advisors from JP Morgan to explore options around a ...
11 months
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Expanding operator, Three Little Birds has acquired London nursery group, Crystal Childcare, which comprises three ...
11 months
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UK: Childcare franchise appoints group managing director

Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries has promoted Richard Blunden to the new role of group managing ...
12 months
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UK: The Old Station Nursery acquires Sandhills Nurseries

Oxfordshire-based nursery company, The Old Station Nursery, has acquired Sandhills Nurseries, six settings located close ...
12 months
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UK: Busy Bees acquires Solihull nursery

Childcare provider Busy Bees has acquired Manor Hill Day Nursery in Solihull, Warwickshire, which provides ...
1 year
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US: NeighborSchools raises $3.5m

Boston-based NeighborSchools, a start-up company for early years care and education delivered in the licensed ...
1 year
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UK: Chatsworth Schools acquires Berkshire prep school

Chatsworth Schools today announced it has acquired Highfield Preparatory School, an independent girls’ school and ...
1 year
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UK: Realmpark Day Nurseries acquires London nursery

Realmpark Day Nurseries has acquired Smart Kidz Day Nursery in Greenwich, London, which has capacity ...
1 year
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US: HighWire appoints Sack to board

Scholarly publishing technology provider HighWire has appointed John Sack to the board of directors. Sack ...
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HighWire: John Sack

Scholarly publishing technology provider HighWire has appointed John Sack to the board of directors. Sack ...
1 year
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UK: Expanding childcare group acquires five Wiltshire settings

Kindred Nurseries has acquired Bourne Valley Nursery School Limited, a group of five settings comprising ...
1 year
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UK: ICP Nurseries acquires London nursery

ICP Nurseries, a nursery group with settings in London, the Home Counties and across the ...
1 year
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UK: The Old Station Nursery acquires Premier Nurseries

Oxfordshire-based nursery company, The Old Station Nursery, has acquired Premier Nurseries, which comprises two nurseries: ...
1 year
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UK: Busy Bees acquires Scallywags

Nursery group Busy Bees has acquired the two Scallywags nurseries located in Westwick and Girton ...
1 year
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UK: Just Childcare acquires funding for buy and build

Just Childcare, an owner and operator of nurseries in England, has secured a finance package ...
1 year
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UK: Storal Learning acquires Kent nursery

Storal Learning has acquired Smart Start Nursery School in Gravesend, Kent, which operates from two ...
1 year
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New Zealand: Evolve appoints Campbell as independent director

Auckland-based early years group Evolve Education has appointed Kim Campbell (pictured) as an independent director ...
1 year
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UK: Bertram Nursery Group acquires Perth setting

Bertram Nurseries has acquired Paint Pots Day Nursery in Perth, an 80-place setting, established by ...
1 year
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UK: Kids Planet acquires Chester setting

Kids Planet Day Nurseries has acquired Noah’s Ark Day Nursery and out of school club ...
1 year
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UK: Merseyside nursery changes hands

The Griffin Nursery, a children’s day nursery in Bootle, Merseyside, has been bought by Shakila ...
1 year
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UK: Just Childcare acquires two more nurseries

Just Childcare has acquired two freehold children’s day nurseries located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. St ...
1 year
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Charges at the top of Evolve Education

Chris Scott, founder and former managing director of G8 Education, has been appointed managing director ...
1 year
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Evolve Education: Chris Scott and Chris Sacre

Chris Scott, founder and former managing director of G8 Education, has been appointed managing director ...
1 year
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Evolve Education: Chris Scott and Chris Sacre

Chris Scott, founder and former managing director of G8 Education, has been appointed managing director ...
1 year
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UK: Kids Planet acquires Rainbow Day Nursery

Kids Planet Day Nurseries has acquired Rainbow Day Nursery, a group of two early years ...
1 year
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Exclusive: Nursery group’s CEO departs two months after August Equity buyout

The chief executive of Little Garden Day Nurseries has parted ways with the business less ...
1 year
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UK: Toddletown Group acquires fifth nursery.

Toddletown Group, which operates four nurseries in London and the South of England, has acquired ...
1 year
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UAE: Taaleem hires new chief executive

Alan Williamson has taken over as chief executive of Dubai-based education provider Taaleem, taking over ...
1 year
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Taaleem: Alan Williamson

Alan Williamson has taken over as chief executive of Dubai-based education provider Taaleem, taking over ...
1 year
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UK: Johnson acquires fifth nursery setting

Nottingham entrepreneur Simon Johnson has added a nursery to his growing portfolio following the acquisition ...
1 year
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UK: West Sussex nursery snapped up by growing group

Ray and Rikke Phoon, who own the nine nurseries of the Saurus Nurseries group in ...
1 year
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UK: Kids Planet buys Merseyside nursery

Regional group operator, Kids Planet Day Nurseries, has acquired The Wendy House Day Nursery, located ...
1 year
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UK: Kids Planet receives £6.5m from BGF

Private nursery group Kids Planet has received an additional £6.5 million investment from private equity ...
1 year
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New Zealand: Evolve Education reports hefty loss

Auckland-based early years education company Evolve Education has announced an after-tax loss of NZ$102.4 million ...
2 years
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UK: Storal Learning acquires Cheshire nursery

Nursery operator Storal Learning has acquired Tiggy-Winkles Day Nursery in Warrington, Cheshire, taking the total ...
2 years
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Exclusive: August Equity bankrolls £8m nursery MBO

August Equity is bankrolling a management buyout of Little Garden Day Nurseries, a London-based pre-school ...
2 years
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MUSE Global seeks partners as it eyes international expansion

Early childcare education franchise MUSE Global is actively seeking new owners as it looks to ...
2 years
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Exclusive: £100m nursery deal derails as earnings ‘didn’t stack up’

The sale of All About Children, being led by KPMG, has fallen through – leading ...
2 years
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UK: All About Children acquires four nurseries

All About Children has acquired Daybreak Nursery Group, a portfolio of four day care settings ...
2 years

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