Busy Bees, the UK’s largest nursery operator, has acquired Sevenoaks-based Squiggles Childcare, boosting its UK and Ireland portfolio to 379 sites. 

The sale of Squiggles, a family-run nursery which provides early years care to children up to the age of five, was brokered by Redwoods Dowling Kerr.
 
Following the acquisition, Busy Bees now cares for more than 35,000 children across its 379 nurseries in the UK and Ireland. It also has sites in Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Italy, America, Vietnam and Australia, with a total of 50,000 children across more than 500 sites globally.
 
Busy Bees’ Europe chief executive, Cheryl Creaser, said: “The love and attention [the owners] have put into the setting is clear to see. The team provide exceptional care day-in-day-out and their mission to provide children with a calm, safe and happy environment perfectly aligns with our own.
 
“It’s our pleasure to welcome Squiggles parents, children and staff to the Busy Bees family. Working together, we believe that our combined insight and expertise will help us to build on the team’s success."

Date published: 30 January 2020

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