Yorkshire day nursery sold to first-time buyers

  • 1st May 2024

Christie & Co has announced the sale of a Little People Nurseries setting in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.

Established in 1992, this Little People Nurseries setting in Heckmondwike is a fully-managed childcare business with a capacity for up to 78 children.

It occupies a purpose-built property that combines a homely atmosphere with the feeling of space and light.

And its large and colourful playrooms have a modern feel with the children being cared for in peer groups with easy access to the outside play area.

The setting has been owned by Vicky Hallas-Fawcett of Little People Nurseries since 2016 and was brought to market to allow her to downsize her operations and concentrate on the three other settings in the group.

Following a confidential sales process with Vicky Marsland at Christie & Co, and with funding sourced through David Quigg at Christie Finance, it has been purchased by Jill Dyson and Carly Cowling, both of whom have backgrounds in primary education.

They had been looking to purchase or set up their own children’s day nursery following an increase in demand for childcare over the last few years and, having looked at a number of opportunities in the market, this setting was perfectly located close to where they live, so they knew the area and demographics.

Hallas-Fawcett said: “Since arriving at Goose Hill eight years ago as Little People, we have enjoyed seeing the nursery develop into the confident and welcoming nursery it is today.

“We are delighted that we have found new owners who share our drive and enthusiasm for the children’s experience in the nursery.”

The new owners added: “Working in education allowed us to visit nursery settings.

“It was often easy to understand why children were not school-ready.

“We wanted to make a real difference within our local community, to give the children the best-possible start to education.

“On viewing the property, we could see the potential to create our vision as it had vast outdoor space in which we can create an all-weather outdoor provision.

“Going forwards, we plan to heavily market the setting as it is currently unknown in the local area.”

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