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Category: Early Years

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UK: Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan could sell Busy Bees

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has approached banks about a potential disposal of its majority ...
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UK: Purley purchases Nottinghamshire nursery

Nursery group Purley, which has settings in Stoke, Northampton and Chesterfield, has acquired Dragonflies Day ...
1 week
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UK: Kids Planet acquires Yorkshire setting

Nursery group Kids Planet has acquired Rainbow Private Nursery School in Barkston Ash, a small ...
1 week
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Exclusive: Fast-growing childcare provider taps DC Advisory to explore equity raise

A fast-growing London-based nursery operator has retained advisors to explore strategic options that could include ...
3 weeks
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UK: The Old Station Nursery Group acquires five West Midlands settings

The Old Station Nursery Group has acquired My First Friends, a group of fivenurseries based ...
4 weeks
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Exclusive: Large UK nursery chain revives sale plans

The owners of nearly 40 UK nurseries have revived plans to sell the business by ...
4 weeks
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UK: Busy Bees purchases South Lanarkshire nursery

Busy Bees has acquired Oakwood House Nursery in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, a 172-place day nursery ...
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US: Third-quarter profit boost for Bright Horizons

Childcare and early education group Bright Horizons Family Solutions has reported net income of $26.8 ...
4 weeks
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UK: Kids Planet snaps up two family-run day nurseries in Coventry

Nursery group Kids Planet has acquired Tic Toc Day Nursery, a group of two day ...
4 weeks
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UK: Welcome Nurseries purchases Manchester preparatory school and nursery

Welcome Nurseries has acquired the former Grafton House Preparatory School & Nursery in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater ...
4 weeks
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UK: Family First Nursery Group buys 10 West Midlands settings

Family First Nursery Group has acquired Footsteps Day Nurseries, a group of 10 independent nurseries ...
4 weeks
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Australasia: Busy Bees expands down under

UK-based childcare company Busy Bees has made its first acquisition in New Zealand and has ...
1 month
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UK: Forfar Education acquires independent day school Argyle House

Forfar Education has acquired Argyle House School in Sunderland, an independent day school educating children ...
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Exclusive: Busy Bees’ backer hires bankers for £2.5bn 2022 auction

The majority owner of Busy Bees, the largest private UK nursery operators with some 650 ...
2 months
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Wellington College International to open schools in India

Wellington College International (WCI) and Unison Group are partnering to establish Wellington College schools in ...
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UK: Dukes Education purchases The Kindergartens’ 10 settings

Dukes Education has acquired The Kindergartens portfolio of 10 nursery schools.
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UK: Tommies Childcare expands into Birmingham

Family-run day nursery and pre-school provider Tommies Childcare has acquired Karen’s Kindergarden in Erdington in ...
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US: LCP Group acquires three early childhood education facilities

New York City-based private real estate investment firm LCP Group has acquired three early childhood ...
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Ireland: Busy Bees acquires Park Academy Childcare

Childcare provider Busy Bees has acquired Park Academy Childcare, comprising eight creches in south Dublin ...
2 months
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Australia: G8 acquires in-home care provider

Australian childcare provider G8 Education has acquired specialist in-home childcare and National Disability Insurance Scheme ...
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Reigate Grammar School to launch in Vietnam under JV

Reigate Grammar School, a UK mixed independent day school in Surrey, has entered a partnership ...
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Spain: Globeducate acquires Cambridge House Community College

K12 bilingual and international school groups Globeducate has acquired Cambridge House Community College in Valencia, ...
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Australia: Busy Bees acquires 11 settings

Early childhood education and care provider Busy Bees Early Learning Australia has acquired 11 Perth-based ...
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Italy: Globeducate acquires school and pre-school in Milan

Bilingual and international school group Globeducate has acquired Bilingual European School and the British American ...
3 months
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UK: Just Childcare acquires Chestnuts nurseries in Gloucester

The Just Childcare group has acquired Chestnuts’ three nurseries in Gloucester located at Barnwood, Longlevens ...
3 months
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New Zealand: Evolve Education announces half-year loss

Auckland-based New Zealand and Australian childcare and education centre operator Evolve Education Group has announced ...
3 months
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UK: Kids Planet acquires two West Midlands nurseries

Kids Planet has acquired two Peepo Day Nursery settings, one in Solihull and the other ...
3 months
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UK: LXi REIT acquires 23 nursery properties for £34m

LXi REIT, a London-based real estate investment trust, has completed an off-market sale-and-leaseback acquisition of ...
3 months
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UK: Cheshire nurseries group sold to private buyer

Mandy Herrington, who owns Bowdon Nursery School and Heather Grove Montessori Nursery, has acquired Rosebank ...
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US: McGraw Hill to acquire online literacy programme Achieve3000

US-based educational publisher McGraw Hill is acquiring Achieve3000, an online literacy programme that provides nonfiction ...
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Australia: Think Childcare reports profit ahead of expected acquisition

Think Childcare has reported underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of A$9.2 million ...
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Australia: G8 Education swings back into profit

Australian childcare provider, G8 Education, has announced statutory net profit after tax of A$25.1 million ...
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Exclusive: Investment bank hired to connect market-leading software provider with buyer

The private equity sponsors of the Netherlands’ largest nursery-management software provider have hired investment bankers ...
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UK: Kindred Education acquires three-strong nursery group

Day nurseries and pre-schools group Kindred Nurseries has acquired HRH Nurseries group which comprises three ...
3 months
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US: Begin acquires children’s activity marketplace KidPass

Begin, the company behind the Homer and CodeSpark Academy early learning programmes, has acquired New ...
4 months
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India: Educational robotics firm Miko raises $28m

Mumbai-based educational robotics firm Miko has raised $28 million in a Series B round.
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UK: Kids Planet acquires Leicestershire setting

Kids Planet has acquired Burbage Day Nursery in Burbage, Leicestershire.
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UK: Family First Nursery Group acquires London setting

Family First Nursery Group has acquired Katey’s House Nursery in Wandsworth, London in an off-market ...
4 months
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UK: Family First purchases London nursery

Family First, which owns 10 nurseries within a 25-mile radius of London and looks after ...
4 months
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US: Steady second quarter for Bright Horizons

Childcare and early education group Bright Horizons Family Solutions has reported net income of $18.8 ...
4 months
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Saudi Arabia: SEK international school to open in Riyadh

SEK Education Group is to open SEK International School Riyadh, its first campus in Saudi ...
4 months
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France: Sodexo and Grandir discuss merging childcare activities

French conglomerate Sodexo Group in talks to combine its global childcare services, including Liveli in ...
4 months
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US: KKR to acquire early childhood firm Teaching Strategies

KKR is acquiring Teaching Strategies, a provider of curriculum, assessment and family engagement tools to ...
4 months
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UK: Kids Planet acquires Poppy and Jack’s nursery group

Kids Planet has acquired Poppy and Jack’s Nursery group.
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UK: Clarence House Day Nurseries acquires Northampton setting

Clarence House Day Nurseries, which operates 10 nursery settings across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire has ...
4 months
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Welcome Nurseries launches in the UAE

Welcome Nurseries, one of the fastest growing nursery groups in the UK, is launching in ...
4 months
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France: Infrastructure fund to acquire 49% stake in Grandir

Private equity firm InfraVia is acquiring a minority stake in French nurseries and schools operator ...
5 months
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India: Nalanda Learning Systems raises funding from Aavishkaar Capital

Nalanda Learning Systems, an ed tech start-up that operates Little Laureates pre-schools across eastern India, ...
5 months
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UK: Dorset independent schools to merge

Dorset schools Bryanston School and Knighton House pre-prep and prep school are merging on 1 ...
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Ireland: Team17 to acquire StoryToys edutainment firm

Video games developer Team17 is acquiring StoryToys, which offers educational entertainment apps for children, via ...
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Australia: Busy Bees’ acquisition of Think Childcare gets green light

Think Childcare has confirmed that it is being acquired by Busy Bees Early Learning Australia ...
5 months
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France: La Maison Bleue acquires 15 Paris nurseries

La Maison Bleue, a large childcare provider in Switzerland, France and Luxembourg, has acquired Kids’up ...
5 months
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UK: Nursery operator closes acquisition ahead of potential auction

One of the UK’s largest nursery operators has acquired a group of five settings, expanding ...
5 months
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Australia: Childcare group changes hands in £350m private equity deal

Australian childcare operator Affinity Education has been sold to buyout group Quadrant Private Equity in ...
5 months
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German family office buys one of country’s largest childcare chains

Haniel, a German family office, has acquired a controlling stake in KMK Kinderzimmer, one of ...
6 months
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Exclusive: Private equity-owned nursery group nearing biggest takeover to date

A private equity-backed childcare provider is close to completing an acquisition that will almost double ...
6 months
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UK: OakNorth Bank funds special needs nursery

OakNorth Bank is advancing £5 million to enable Side by Side, a special needs school ...
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UK: S4YC acquires Cheshire nursery

Childcare preschool and out-of-school club operator S4YC has acquired Hooton Childcare in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
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Exclusive: Childcare giant’s private equity sponsor takes baby steps towards exit

The private equity backer of a global nursery group is seeking to exit its significant ...
6 months
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UK: Fennies Nursery Group secures £25m loan with Cynergy Bank

Cynergy Bank has completed a £25 million transaction to Fennies Day Care Nursery Group, which ...
6 months
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UK: London-based nursery group expands to six

Bright Little Stars Nursery Group, situated in Northwest London has expanded with the opening of ...
6 months
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UK: Just Childcare acquired by private equity-backed Dutch operator

UK nursery operator Just Childcare has been acquired by a private equity-backed Dutch childcare provider ...
6 months
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US: Amanat-backed Begin acquires coding app

New York City-based ed tech company Begin, which provides the Homer early learning programme, has ...
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UK: Oakley Capital buys one of UK’s largest nursery operators

Oakley Capital has acquired UK nursery operator ICP Education, formed by the merger of Cresswell ...
6 months
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UK: Little People Nurseries acquires Southwest London nursery

Little People Nurseries has acquired Bright Beginnings Tangley Park, a nursery situated in Hampton, Southwest ...
6 months
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Spain: Income-share loan provider raises $5.3m

StudentFinance.com, a Madrid-based fintech company offering income share agreements (ISAs), has raised $5.3 million in ...
6 months
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UK: Independent schools announce merger

Tonbridge School and The New Beacon Preparatory School are merging from 31 August this year.
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US: EarlyBird Education raises funding for pre-literacy assessment

EarlyBird Education, a developer of a game-based early literacy assessment, has raised $1.5 million in ...
7 months
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US: Tough first quarter for Bright Horizons

Childcare and early education group Bright Horizons Family Solutions has reported net income of $7.1 ...
7 months
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UK: Just Childcare acquires West Yorkshire nursery

Just Childcare has purchased Pebbles Nursery and Pre-School in Yeadon, West Yorkshire.
7 months
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UK: Koru Kids to create 9,000 new childcare jobs

Koru Kids, a childcare platform that provides part-time nannies, is creating 9,000 new nanny and ...
7 months
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Exclusive: Prominent UK nursery group pondering £200m sale

The backers of one of the UK’s largest childcare operators have appointed advisors to explore ...
7 months
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UK: Little Birches purchases Berkshire nursery

Family-owned nursery group Little Birches has acquired Bishopswood Day Nursery in Berkshire.
7 months
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UK: Kindred Nurseries acquires Cambridgeshire nursery group

Day nurseries and pre-schools group Kindred Nurseries has acquired HRH Nurseries group in Cambridgeshire.
7 months
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India: Early learning company Playshifu raises $17m in Series B

PlayShifu, an early learning toy company teaching foundational skills through physical and digital play, has ...
8 months
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Australia: Busy Bees ups ante with fresh bid for listed nursery operator

Busy Bees, the global childcare group backed by a Canadian pension fund, has revised its ...
8 months
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UK: Just Childcare acquires Manchester nursery

Manchester-based Just Childcare has acquired The Village Day Nursery in Standish in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
8 months
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Australia: Assembly acquires six childhood education and care centres

Assembly Funds Management, with the support of Harrington Property Funds Management, is acquiring six Sydney ...
8 months
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UK: Sandbox acquires Fingerprint to form Sandbox Kids

Sandbox & Co, which operates millennial learning and entertainment companies, has acquired Fingerprint, a San ...
8 months
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UK: N Family Club opens new Stratford nursery

Nursery group N Family Club has opened N Stratford, a new nursery in East London.
8 months
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China: New British school to open in Chengdu

British International school SPGS International School Chengdu is opening later this year.
8 months
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New Zealand: Evolve Education seeking £12m for deals

Evolve Education Group is looking to raise $21.7 million in fresh capital from brokers Canaccord ...
8 months
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14 fast-growing Asia-Pacific education companies

Fourteen education companies have ranked among high-growth Asia-Pacific-based companies compiled by the Financial Times, some ...
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UK: The Old Station Nursery Group acquires three Kent settings

The Old Station Nursery Group has acquired Choochoos Day Nursery, a Kent-based group of three ...
8 months
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Inspired Education to launch schools in Egypt

Inspired Education Group in partnership with Egyptian real estate developer Palm Hills Developments, is launching ...
9 months
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UK: Bertram Nursery Group expands with acquisition

Bertram Nursery Group has acquired Smarties nursery, located on the outskirts of Chester in Cheshire, ...
9 months
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UK early years sector ‘compelling and investable’ despite Covid-19 headwinds – research

The fundamentals underpinning the UK early years sector “remain the same: compelling and investable” despite ...
9 months
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UK: Kïdo acquires Montessori nursery in central London

Kïdo, a group of nine nurseries across London and the home counties, has acquired St ...
9 months
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UK: N Family Club acquires three Surrey nurseries

N Family Club today announced it has acquired Red Balloon’s three Surrey-based nurseries located in ...
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Nord Anglia Education adds Eton School in Mexico City to its portfolio

International schools group Nord Anglia Education has acquired Eton School in Mexico City.
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UAE: Cognita acquires English school in Dubai

International schools operator Cognita has acquired Horizon English School in Dubai from Al Najah Education.
9 months
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UK: Forfar Education buys Bournemouth school and nursery

Forfar Education has acquired the Park School & Nursery and Dean Park Day Nursery, both ...
9 months
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Australia: Pandemic takes toll on G8 Education profit

Australian childcare provider, G8 Education, has announced underlying profit of A$60 million (£33.6 million) for ...
9 months
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UK: Lowdan Holdings acquires Birmingham nursery

Day nursery operator Lowdan Holdings, which trades as Mereside Farm Children’s Nursery, has acquired Inglenook ...
9 months
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US: Bright Horizons’ annual profit plummets

Childcare and early education group Bright Horizons Family Solutions has reported net income of $27 ...
9 months
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US hedge fund seeks $71m from Chinese nursery operator that failed to float

A US hedge fund is seeking more than $71 million from a Chinese school and ...
10 months
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Brazil: Cognita acquires nursery and high school in São Paulo state

International schools operator Cognita has acquired Escola Villare in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil.
10 months
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US: SplashLearn raises $18m for its maths and reading platform

SplashLearn, a San Francisco-based ed tech start-up that teaches children via a game-based curriculum, has ...
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UK: The Village Nursery Group secures £2.7m loan for expansion

The Village Nursery Group has secured a £2.7 million loan from London private bank Arbuthnot ...
10 months
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Australia: Busy Bees ups its offer for Think Childcare

Busy Bees Early Learning Australia has increased its cash offer for Australian nursery group Think ...
10 months

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