Trio of Derbyshire nurseries sold as owner retires

Kingfisher Day Nursery Spondon, Derbyshire

Christie & Co, an advisor in business properties, has sold three-day nursery locations in Derbyshire under the name Kingfisher Day Nurseries.

These nurseries include Kingfisher Day Nursery Donisthorpe in Swadlincote, Kingfisher Day Nursery Chapel Street in Spondon, and Kingfisher Day Nursery Kilburn in Belper.

Together, they provide childcare services for a total of 186 children aged one to four years.

Previously owned by Helen Allanson, who started the first nursery in Spondon in 2004 and expanded from there, Kingfisher Day Nurseries have now been sold as she opts to retire from the industry.

With the assistance of Jassi Sunner at Christie & Co, the three nurseries have been acquired by Kids Planet Day Nurseries, adding to its portfolio of 188 locations across the UK

Helen Allanson, former owner of Kingfisher Day Nurseries, said: “I acquired my first settings (Spondon nursery and pre-school site) in 2004 and increased numbers and facilities here from 20 children to 68. Other settings were purchased in 2011 and 2015 and each nursery was updated and modernised where needed. It has been a busy and productive 20 years but it was time for a break to follow other opportunities and to spend more time with children and grandchildren. I feel Kids Planet will care for and develop the excellent staff team at each nursery and will have the resources to further improve facilities for the children.”

All three have been sold for an undisclosed price.

Clare Roberts, CEO at Kids Planet Day Nurseries, said: “We are thrilled to have added Kingfisher Day Nurseries to the Kids Planet family. They are truly lovely nurseries that very much mirror the ethos of Kids Planet in both quality practice and provision. I am really looking forward to working closely with the settings over the next few months as we support and develop the nurseries further.”

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