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Kids Planet acquires Clockwork Childcare Group

Company News

11 August 2022

We are thrilled to announce that Clockwork Childcare group has joined the Kids Planet family. This family-run trio of nurseries builds on our existing presence in East Manchester.

The well-established childcare group includes two Clockwork Day Nurseries in Ashton and Audenshaw, along with Tots Time Day Nursery in Stalybridge, bringing the total number of nurseries within our group to 129.

Father and daughter duo, Jack and Lorna, founded Clockwork Childcare in 2002 in Ashton-under-Lyne. Following successful years of building reputation, they decided to expand in 2016, by transforming a former church in Audenshaw into their second setting. Earlier this year, Clockwork grew further by acquiring Tots Time.

Clare Roberts, CEO of Kids Planet, said:

“We are delighted to have Clockwork Childcare as part of our nursery group. It’s a company we have admired for a long time and are excited to continue to build on the success that Lorna and her team have had. I look forward to watching them grow on their journey into the Kids Planet family.”

Lorna Meredith, former owner, said:

“Making the decision to sell ‘my baby’ was the hardest I have ever had to make! I have spent the last 20 years of blood, sweat and tears building the Clockwork name and the best team which has resulted in a very successful small group with a fantastic reputation. It was extremely important to me to find the ‘right fit’ as a buyer who could sustain investment going forward, maintain high standards of childcare for our families and continue to develop our teams.

I know the settings are in very capable hands with Kids Planet who, even though a large growing group, still have a family centred ethos and approach. They have been straight-forward and collaborative throughout the whole acquisition process and I wish them every success with these settings as part of their group.”

For details about all of our Kids Planet nurseries, please visit our Find a Nursery page.



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