Asquith buys south-east based group

Asquith Nurseries has acquired Barley Barn Childcare, the first deal in an expansion plan for 2016.

Asquith says the Barley Barn Childcare acquisition is the first in the group’s ‘fast-paced acquisition programme’ for the year.

The group has bought the three Barley Barn nurseries in Enfield, north London, North Weald in Essex, and Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire.

The North Weald nursery operates from a modern timber-framed barn on the 160-acre North Weald golf course.

The Sawbridgeworth setting provides 75-places and is based in a Grade II listed country house along with a converted stable annex and brand new modular classroom building in the centre of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

The Enfield nursery provides 80 places from a Victorian Grade II listed building.
The sale includes Barley Barn Childcare’s after-school clubs in Epping and Loughton, which run from Alderton Infant and Junior School.

Chief executive Andy Morris said, ‘At Asquith, we are all delighted that the owners have decided to sell their business to us, as we truly believe that Barley Barn and all of the team within it will be a great fit within our family of nurseries.

‘We look forward to welcoming the children, parents and staff into the Asquith family and ensure them that the safety and wellbeing of the children and staff is our number one priority.’

Barley Barn Childcare is the first acquisition in their fast paced acquisition programme for 2016, and takes the total number of nurseries in their portfolio to 80, of which 36% are rated Outstanding.

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