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Kids Planet acquires 150th setting: Nook Barn

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22 February 2023

Kids Planet Day Nurseries has acquired Nook Barn nursery in Blackburn, taking the Kids Planet family to a group of 150 nurseries across the UK.

Set in a converted barn house and surrounding gardens, Nook Barn is nearby to the existing Fernhurst Court setting, and strengthens Kids Planet’s presence in Blackburn.

Nook Barn is a family feel nursery with an experienced and longstanding leadership team, that has been running for over 30 years.


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

“I am delighted that this beautiful nursery and close knit team are joining Kids Planet and look forward to welcoming and supporting them. Nook Barn nursery has a strong family orientated ethos, with children at the heart of their practice. Aligning with Kids Planet’s own values, team, children and family wellbeing underpins everything the setting embraces.”

Eric and Laura Knowles, former owners, said:

Having started the nursery in 1991, retiring from it after almost 32 years was never going to be an easy decision however we feel we have found the right home for the nursery and it was clear after our first meetings that Kids Planet’s ethos and values clearly aligned to our own. We needed someone to protect, enhance and develop further the uniqueness that is Nook Barn Nursery and we feel after all the communications and contacts, Kids Planet fit the bill perfectly. We are sure the nursery will continue to enjoy the fantastic reputation it has held over the years, complimented by its dedicated management and staff.”

Joining our Kids Planet family group:

Our expanding portfolio – Having grown to 150 settings across the UK since launching in 2008, and with substantial experience in the Early Years sector, we continue to look to acquire existing nurseries whilst seeking development opportunities.


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