Award-winning Bedford day nursery & preschool sold for the first time
Established over 20 years ago by its exiting owner, Mrs Maureen Barker, The Haven 2000 Nursery and Preschool is a well-regarded setting which caters for up to 57 children aged between zero and four years old. The business operates from a large, attractive, and thoughtfully converted property located in a busy residential area in Bedford.
The nursery delivers an ambitious and thoughtfully curated curriculum placing an emphasis on positive relationships and empowering children, which led it to be recognised by the Communication Trust for its work in supporting children’s language and expression development. It has also received such accolades as the Shine a Light Award, the My Smile (Oral Health and Education) Award, and the Communication Friendly Award.
Following a confidential sales process, the setting has been sold to expanding operator, Play 2 Learn Day Nursery group.
Company directors at Play 2 Learn Day Nursery, Krishan and Asha Patel, comment, “We are delighted to have The Haven 2000 join the growing Play 2 Learn Day Nursery group – it is a wonderful setting with superb grounds. From our first visit, it was clear there was an opportunity to develop and expand on the fantastic work Maureen, Maria and Vivien have achieved in creating a strong community and loving nursery environment over the last 20 years. We are excited to work with the existing team who share our mission to help children understand the world around them and discover the talents within them so they can become happy and successful grown-ups.”
David Eaves, director – childcare & education at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, comments, “We were delighted to support Maureen and her family with the sale of The Haven 2000. This is a tremendous setting at the heart of its community with huge potential for future expansion. The nursery received immediate interest, with an offer accepted within two weeks of coming to market. This continues the strong trend we are currently seeing where there is unprecedented demand for high-quality settings across the country, as established group operators seek to strengthen their portfolios by creating new geographic hubs, in addition to regional operators being eager to realise the benefits and security that comes with scale, creating significant opportunities for those owners considering selling their business(es) in the near future.”
The Haven 2000 Nursery and Preschool was sold for an undisclosed price.