Nursery group Kids Planet has acquired North West-based Kids Allowed in a deal which makes it the UK’s third biggest group.
Cheshire based Kids Planet now has 52 nurseries across the North West and Midlands and provides care to nearly 6,000 children.
The business was founded in 2008 by chief executive Clare Roberts and her father John, who is now chair.
Clare’s sister, Lucy Kaczmarska joined as Childcare Director in 2013.
Kids Planet received £10m initial investment from the British Growth Fund, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, in 2016 when it had 17 nurseries.
Kids Planet has trebled its footprint since partnering with BGF. This is the business’ third follow-on investment which will support ambitious plans for future growth.
Alongside significant growth, the group now runs its own training academy delivering qualifications from apprenticeships to master’s degrees to enable the team to achieve the outstanding standard of childcare which has become the business’ hallmark.