Harrogate nursery set to become part of Dutch childcare chain
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Last updated Mar 15, 2024
Safe Hands day nursery Harrogate

Safe Hands Day Nursery in Harrogate is set to rebrand as part of a Dutch owned childcare provider.

The nursery, which is in a converted Edwardian house on Kent Road, is set to get new signage and uniforms as part of the move.

Currently, the daycare is run by nursery provider Just Childcare.

However, the company entered into a partnership with company Partou in 2021, which will see the Dutch firm become majority shareholders.

Now, the Harrogate nursery has announced that parents and carers will now see changes at the facility over the next few weeks.

In a post on its social media last week, Safe Hands said:

“It’s been a little over a month since we shared the news about our transition to Partou. Behind the scenes, there’s been a lot of work taking place as we begin to reshape our future, merging Just Childcare and All About Children to become one unified brand, Partou.

“Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing exciting developments with you as we continue our journey to becoming Partou. Our new signage is currently being produced, nursery uniforms have been ordered and we will be sharing with you the planned changes and improvements happening within your setting.”

The move comes as Just Childcare and All About Children will merge to become part of the Partou group.

After opening its first childcare centre in 1984, Partou operates over 700 childcare centres, welcoming more than 63,000 children and has 9,000 members of staff.

The interior of Safe Hands nursery. Image: Just Childcare

David Johnson, CEO at Just Childcare, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have secured this new partnership with Partou. With long established experience in the provision of childcare we are looking forward to working alongside them to further develop the Just Childcare group in the UK market. The new partnership with Partou is the start of the next chapter in the company’s development and we are really excited for the future.

Having known the team at Partou for some time and spoken extensively, it is clear we share the same ethos when it comes to childcare and we’re all excited to explore the opportunities that our combined knowledge and experience will bring”

Jeanine Lemmens, CEO of Partou, said:

“We are equally excited about this partnership and admire what David, Jacqueline and the entire Just Childcare team have achieved over the years. This collaboration indeed marks a new chapter, in our ambition to provide outstanding childcare to more children and families. Just Childcare and Partou share the same, simple quality principal: “all children deserve nothing but the best.”


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