Knights’ Corporate team has advised on the sale of the Heywood Early Years nurseries to the Kids Planet group.

Heywood Early Years has provided quality day care for children aged 0-5 years in Greater Manchester for more than 27 years.

The group’s focus on learning through play and confidence-building attracted national provider Kids Planet.

Kids Planet acquired Heywood Early Years’ three Heywood-based nurseries; Buttercups, Daisy Chains and Woodlands. The acquisition takes the Kids Planet group to 141 locations across the UK.

Heywood Early Years’ owners we advised by Knights’ corporate team – including Gavin White, Hannah Jones and Hannah Martin, with real estate support provided by Elin Davies and James Lunt.

Darren and Jayne Grindrod, owners of Heywood Early Years, said:

"After 27 years in childcare, it was a difficult decision to hand control over to a new company.

“From the moment we were introduced to Kids Planet, we quickly became aware that we shared the same high standards, ethos and values.

"We have been reassured throughout that our settings and teams are in safe hands and we have every confidence they will flourish moving forwards."

Hannah Jones, Associate at Knights said:

“It has been a real pleasure for the Knights team to work with Darren and Jayne to reach a successful sale.

“The synergy between Heywood Early Years group and Kids Planet will ensure that the legacy of child led learning will continue across the three sites that have been acquired.”

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