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Category: Early Years

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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 ...
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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 ...
1 week
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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 ...
1 week
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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 ...
1 week
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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 ...
2 weeks
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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 ...
2 weeks
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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 ...
2 weeks
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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 ...
3 weeks
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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 ...
3 weeks
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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 ...
1 month
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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 ...
1 month
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UK: Just Childcare acquires West Yorkshire nursery

Just Childcare has purchased Pebbles Nursery and Pre-School in Yeadon, West Yorkshire.
1 month
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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 ...
1 month
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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 ...
2 months
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UK: Little Birches purchases Berkshire nursery

Family-owned nursery group Little Birches has acquired Bishopswood Day Nursery in Berkshire.
2 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.
2 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 ...
2 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 ...
2 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.
2 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 ...
3 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 ...
3 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.
3 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.
3 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 ...
3 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 ...
3 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 ...
3 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, ...
3 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 ...
3 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 ...
3 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.
3 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 ...
4 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 ...
4 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 ...
4 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 ...
4 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 ...
4 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.
4 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 ...
4 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 ...
5 months
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Spain: Granada College joins Globeducate

International schools group Globeducate has acquired Granada College, a bilingual international school in Spain.
5 months
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Daycare (UK) acquires Staffordshire nursery

Daycare (UK) has acquired Teddys Garden Day Nursery in Leek, Northeast Staffordshire, which caters to ...
5 months
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Repton’s Singapore partner terminates pre-school franchise deal

Singapore-listed Chip Eng Seng Corporation has, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, terminated an arrangement with ...
5 months
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The Netherlands: NPM Capital acquires Futurewhiz – parent of Squla, WRTS and Scoyo

NPM Capital, an Amsterdam-based investment company focused on medium to large-sized Benelux companies, has acquired ...
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Toddle acquires Care for Kids to create Australia’s largest childcare search platform.

Australian childcare centre search and comparison platform Toddle has acquired childcare platform, Care for Kids.
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Charter Hall REIT sells all its New Zealand early years properties

Australia’s largest real estate investment trust Charter Hall Social Infrastructure is selling its remaining 20 ...
6 months
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Portugal: Globeducate acquires International Preparatory School in Lisbon

Globeducate has announced that it acquired International Preparatory School (IPS) in Lisbon in October.
6 months
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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 ...
7 months
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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 ...
7 months
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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 ...
7 months
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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 ...
7 months
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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 ...
7 months
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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 ...
7 months
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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 ...
7 months
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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 ...
7 months
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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 ...
7 months
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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 ...
8 months
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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 ...
8 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 ...
8 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 ...
9 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 ...
9 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, ...
10 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 ...
10 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 ...
10 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 ...
10 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 ...
11 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 ...
11 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 ...
11 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 ...
11 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 ...
12 months
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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 ...
12 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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year
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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 ...
1 year

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