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Just Childcare partners with leading Dutch childcare provider, Partou

Just Childcare is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Netherlands’ leading childcare provider, Partou.

Since 2015, Just Childcare has established itself as one of the largest childcare providers in the UK. With the support of Phoenix Equity Partners the group has grown from 7 settings in 2015 to 62 settings located across the North West, Yorkshire and South West. Just Childcare now provides over 4,700 early years places and employs around 1,300 staff.

Over the years, the group has invested significantly in quality and learning environments for the children, service delivery to parents and staff’s ongoing professional development, as well as increasing the number of child places.

The new partnership sees Partou become majority shareholders and the Dutch group will provide strategic support for Just Childcare to continue its qualitative growth in the UK. One of the key objectives of the partnership is a continuous exchange of best practices in all fields, resulting in the delivery of best-in-class childcare.

David Johnson, CEO at Just Childcare said

“We are absolutely delighted to have secured this new partnership with Partou. With long established experience in the provision of childcare we are looking forward to working alongside them to further develop the Just Childcare group in the UK market”

“Phoenix have been a great supporter over the past 6 years providing us with the resources and support needed to substantially grow the group into one of the most acknowledged providers in the UK.

The new partnership with Partou is the start of the next chapter in the company’s development and we are really excited for the future.”

“Having known the team at Partou for some time and spoken extensively, it is clear we share the same ethos when it comes to childcare and we’re all excited to explore the opportunities that our combined knowledge and experience will bring”

After opening its first childcare centre in 1984, Partou now operates more than 700 childcare centres, welcoming over 63,000 children and has 9,000 members of staff.

Commenting on the agreement, Jeanine Lemmens, CEO of Partou said

“We are equally excited about this partnership and admire what David, Jacqueline and the entire Just Childcare team have achieved over the years. This collaboration indeed marks a new chapter, in our ambition to provide outstanding childcare to more children and families. Just Childcare and Partou share the same, simple quality principal: “all children deserve nothing but the best.”

For more information please contact:

Chris Shaw, Marketing Manager e: chris.shaw@justchildcare.co.uk t: 0161 320 2794

Woodlands Day Nursery in Harrogate raise £275 for The Little Princess Trust

Well done to our amazing team at Woodlands Day Nursery in Harrogate! Rachel and Fern from Woodlands took things to a different level over the weekend when they took a trip to a local hairdressers to donate hair to the fabulous charity Little Princess Trust.

Following their visit to Baroque Hair and Beauty Salon in Harrogate, Rachel and Fern donated an amazing 34 inches of hair and raised £275 for the charity which provides free real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

Both Rachel and Fern say the children at Woodlands Day Nursery in Harrogate had been their inspiration.  While playing hairdressers at nursery Rachel recalled how the children always tell her they’d love to have long hair too. “Thinking of all those children who can’t have their dream of long hair made me realise I wanted to do what I could to help and make a difference to those children’s lives!”

Little Princess Trust use hair donations and fundraising monies sent to manufacture and fit beautiful real hair wigs. Established in 2006, they have supplied over 8000 wigs to children and young people and have invested circa £5 million into ground-breaking childhood cancer research.

Rachel & Fern, Woodlands Day Nursery Harrogate:

“We are so overwhelmed by the amazing donations everyone has been making and for all the support everyone has given us! It’s safe to say we are very proud of ourselves! We can’t wait to send off our hair and for this amazing charity to receive the money we have raised.” 

Well done to Rachel, Fern, our amazing staff team and parents at Woodlands Day Nursery Harrogate from the Just Childcare family! What a fabulous fundraising effort!


Find out more about the amazing work the Little Princess Trust do by visiting their website here

Find out more about Woodlands Day Nursery Harrogate by clicking here!


Pebbles Nursery in Yeadon acquired by Just Childcare

Just Childcare are celebrating their second nursery acquisition within a month as they announce the purchase of Pebbles Nursery and Pre-School in Yeadon.

Set in a beautiful historic building within Nunroyd Park in Yeadon, Pebbles Nursery was established in 2013 and has the capacity to provide 104 early years’ places. With a selection of impressive outdoor play areas of its own, the nursery also benefits from its position in the heart of a stunning parkland which provides valuable additional learning opportunities to the children and team in the nursery.

David Johnson, CEO of Just Childcare said

“The moment we saw Pebbles we were convinced it was a nursery that would be a valuable addition to our family. The building and the parkland it sits in are magnificent, providing a unique, natural inspiring environment that’s further enhanced by the nursery’s dedicated team of early years’ professionals. We look forward to welcoming everyone at Pebbles to the Just Childcare group and working with them to deliver exceptional childcare to families in the area.”

Just Childcare celebrate the first acquisition of 2021

We are delighted to announce the acquisition of The Village Day Nursery in Standish, Wigan.

This marks the group’s first acquisition during the pandemic and represents Just Childcare’s first purchase of 2021 and signals the resumption of the group’s expansion plans. The new addition increases Just Childcare’s portfolio to 61 nurseries providing around 4600 nursery places across the North West, Yorkshire, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Having operated for over 20 years in Standish, The Village Day Nursery registered for 89 children is one of the most well-established nurseries in the area with a strong reputation for providing excellent care and early years’ education.


CEO of Just Childcare, David Johnson said

“We are thrilled to welcome The Village Day Nursery to the Just Childcare family and look forward to working with their nursery team to support the nursery’s future growth and development. The Village is the first acquisition we’ve been able to make to the group in quite a while due to the pandemic and we’re pleased to have added such a well-established nursery to our North West region.”


Just Childcare Named Top Nursery Group for 5th year running.

We’re delighted to announce that Just Childcare have been named one of the UK’s Top Recommended Nursery Groups for the fifth year running!

The award which is based on independently verified parent reviews submitted to daynurseries.co.uk,  the UK’s leading nursery review site, saw Just Childcare nurseries once again taking the honours in the ‘Top Large Nursery Groups’ category.

The site saw hundreds of positive reviews for Just Childcare nurseries across the North West Yorkshire and Bristol area with feedback covering every aspect of the nurseries from cleanliness through to resources and value for money.

Although the reviews revealed excellent scores from parents across the board one thing that stood out above everything else was the love shown for our amazing nursery teams!

Time after time we read parent comments about the incredible work our childcare practitioners do and continue to do in these challenging times and we couldn’t be prouder. The teams who work at our nurseries are the heart of the Just Childcare family and it’s fantastic to read about the huge positive impact they have on parents and their children up and down the country.

Thank you to our parents and carers

We’d like to thank all of our parents and carers for taking the time to review our nurseries. It means so much to our nursery teams to receive recognition for the wonderful work they do with our children and families.

Thank you to the Just Childcare team

Without the passion and dedication our team members show every day, there would be no awards. We’d like to say a huge thank you to every single one of our wonderful staff, who have such a positive impact on our children’s lives.

For further details of the awards click here