‘Outstanding’ Leamington Spa day nursery sold to Bright Stars as owner retires

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of The Lighthouse Day Care Nursery in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

The Lighthouse Day Care Nursery is an Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting with an excellent reputation for providing high-quality childcare to up to 49 children. It occupies a prime location in the affluent royal spa town of Leamington Spa.

The setting has been owned by Judy Hall for over 20 years. Following a confidential sales process with Jassi Sunner at Christie & Co, it has been purchased by Bright Stars. This is the group’s second setting in the town and its 112th setting in the UK.

Judy Hall, former owner of The Lighthouse Day Care Nursery, comments, “It was a very difficult decision to sell my nursery because I have loved both creating it and then watching it grow into the flourishing setting it has become today. It has been an amazing privilege to watch so many incredible children develop over the last 21 years and to get to know and work with the staff and parents who made it all possible. There have been many happy times and funny moments. It was not easy to decide to step down. However, the time was right to make the transition, and I was very pleased to be able to sell the nursery to the Bright Stars nursery group because they are committed to maintaining the individuality of the setting and looking after the staff – both of which were my main considerations. I wish the wonderful Lighthouse team and Bright Stars all the very best for the future – I am sure they will continue to go from strength to strength!”

Kirsty Ibbott, M&A Director at Bright Stars, comments, “We are delighted to welcome The Lighthouse Day Care Nursery into the Bright Stars Nursery Group. Their commitment to nurturing and educating young minds perfectly aligns with our values. This acquisition not only strengthens our presence in the Midlands area but also allows us to offer unparalleled early childhood education opportunities to even more families. The Lighthouse Day Care Nursery will continue to operate under its current name and management, ensuring a seamless transition for children, parents, and staff.”

Jassi Sunner, Associate Director – Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, comments, “There are not many opportunities like The Lighthouse Day Care Nursery that come to market in the Midlands. The nursery not only benefits from a fantastic affluent location but is also housed in a beautiful period property and, therefore, we knew it was going to attract a lot of interest. The range of offers we received was fantastic and enabled Judy to make an informed choice about who to move forward with. Bright Stars will inherit a superb day nursery with a fantastic local reputation and a loyal parent base who love the building and the team that Judy has put in place. We hope Judy can now enjoy some well-earned time off with her daughters. This should also be the start of further growth for Bright Stars in the Midlands.”

The Lighthouse Day Care Nursery was sold for an undisclosed price.