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Local Outstanding Nursery School sold

Preston based Newlands Nursery School has announced that it has been acquired by Cheshire based Kids Planet. Kids Planet is a family owned nursery group, comprising 22 other nursery schools across the North West, with 14 currently holding OFSTED “Outstanding” certifications. Its Head Office is Lymm, Cheshire and the business was formed in 2008.

Newlands is a well-established Nursery School business, started by Elaine Cooke, over 25 years ago and has also held an “Outstanding” certification from OFSTED since 2009.

Commented Elaine: “The time has come for us to sell on the ownership of the nursery, I have retired and plan to spend more time with my grandchildren with Lisa Charnley and Joanna Maughan to follow new career paths.

“We have all loved working and being part of Newlands and it will always have a special place in our hearts. We want to thank everyone who has been part of our journey, especially all the children and parents we have had the pleasure to be connected to.”

The new manager of Newlands Nursery School is Kirsty Powell. Kirsty is an experienced Nursery Manager who is currently running a large nursery and team at Kids Planet Prestwich. Kirsty said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for me. Newlands has had great leadership and we will continue to maintain its exceptional standards. I am looking forward to being part of this new chapter with Kids Planet”.

Kids Planet Chief Executive, Clare Roberts added: “We are so pleased to have acquired such a fantastic nursery. At Kids Planet, our aim is to provide the same outstanding child care across each and every one of our nurseries, and I am confident that the current high standards of care at Newlands will be maintained and developed under our ownership”.

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire.Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.