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Partou expands UK nursery portfolio with first post-brand launch acquisition

Leading Dutch childcare provider Partou has added to its extensive portfolio of nurseries in England with the acquisition of Wonder Years Nursery in Coventry.

Wonder Years, which holds an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating, is the first British nursery to join the Partou family since the merger of Just Childcare and All About Children under the brand earlier this year.

Established in 1984, Partou is the biggest childcare group in the Netherlands with more than 700 settings, over 70,000 children and 9,000 team members.

The acquisition of Wonder Years, its 106th nursery in England, bolsters Partou’s position as one of the largest nursery providers in the UK.

Wonder Years opened in 2004 as a 69 place neighbourhood nursery with five classrooms.

Over the past two decades, it has more than doubled its capacity and now provides 142 places with eight classrooms and a large nursery garden for outdoor play.

Samantha Rhodes, Partou Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Wonder Years to Partou.

“The team at Wonder Years has a well-earned reputation for providing strong support to the children in a positive environment with first-class facilities, making it an excellent choice as the first acquisition since the official launch of our brand in the UK.

“The Partou UK team look forward to working closely with them to team to deliver our child-led approach to care, learning and development.”

Tracy Simpson, Wonder Years Nursery Manager, said: “I feel privileged to lead the Wonder Years team as Nursery Manager. These are exciting times for everyone here.

“We’re proud of the role Wonder Years has played over the past 20 years in supporting so many local children on their learning journey.

“Joining the Partou family presents a wonderful opportunity for us to begin an exciting new chapter for the team and the nursery.”