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Kids Planet acquires The Learning Journey Nursery Trio

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18 October 2023

Kids Planet is thrilled to reveal we have acquired The Learning Journey Nursery Ltd, a group of three settings in Dudley.

The Bromley, Waterfront, and Kingswinford nurseries will strengthen Kids Planet’s presence in the West Midlands alongside our existing Halesowen and wider Birmingham nurseries.

Clare Roberts, CEO at Kids Planet Day Nurseries, said:

“A warm welcome to the teams within The Learning Journey Nursery group – three family-feel settings with qualified and caring staff – that align with our Kids Planet approach. We look forward to supporting them as they join the Kids Planet family.”

Penny Virdee, former owner, said:

“After nearly 11 years of dedicated service, I am pleased to announce the successful transition of The Learning Journey group to Kids Planet. I founded the business with a commitment to meet the unique needs of children, particularly our beloved daughter, Maiya. I wanted to make a real difference and address the significant gap in care for children with additional needs.

The Learning Journey is something my family and I are deeply proud of and choosing the right buyer to hand our legacy to was extremely important. Kids Planet shares our ethos and is the perfect partner to carry our mission forward. Collaborating with Kids Planet through the process has been a pleasure and I thank them for making it as smooth as possible.

I step away with immense gratitude and optimism. I couldn’t have chosen a better company for this new chapter, and I am confident that under Kids Planet’s guidance, my team will continue to deliver the highest standard of care.”


Kids Planet has grown to 170 settings across the UK through a combination of acquisition and greenfield developments. Our focus continues to be acquiring existing nursery settings that fit with our values for the highest quality childcare and seeking development opportunities to build our geographical presence.


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