Kids 1st is acquired by Busy Bees

18th Dec 2015
Kids 1st is acquired by Busy Bees

Today we announce that Kids 1st has been acquired by national childcare provider Busy Bees.

Family run business Kids 1st opened its first nursery in March 2004 in the grounds of North Tyneside General Hospital, swiftly followed by its second nursery in Wansbeck. Since then the company has opened a further 9 nurseries, with two under construction in Sunderland and Jesmond.

Kids 1st are well known throughout the region for leading the way in childcare; over the last 12 years the group has achieved 17 outstanding Ofsted reports and has been named ‘The Highest Quality Childcare Providers in the UK’ by Nursery World for the last five years. Currently all of Kids 1st’s inspected nurseries are rated outstanding.

Kids 1st Managing Director Mark McArdle commented: “Over the past 12 years we have built up one of the most successful nursery businesses in the UK. It has been an incredible journey and a fantastic team effort from everyone involved. We were understandably precious about who we sold the business to, but I believe that in Busy Bees we are handing over the reins to someone who can continue the Kids 1st ethos and build upon the success we have achieved. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way and I wish Kids 1st and Busy Bees every success in the future.”

Busy Bees is the largest childcare provider in the UK which, including this acquisition, now operates 249 nurseries. Currently Busy Bees employs and trains over 7,700 staff and provides exemplary care for over 30,000 children.

Marg Randles, Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Kids 1st Nursery group into the Busy Bees family. Every nursery in the portfolio is already providing exceptional outcomes for children and we are all really looking forward to working with the extremely talented teams in place.

“It is an absolute pleasure to work with such experienced managers and devoted staff, all of whom will continue to play the most important role, providing quality care for the children in
partnership with their families. Meanwhile we will be working very closely with the management team to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible for everyone involved.”

“It is our promise to keep our parents informed every step of the way, as we continue to improve the excellent care, resources and services this collection of outstanding nurseries currently offer.”

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