Busy Bees expands its US footprint through acquisition of EduKids centres in New York
Busy Bees, a multinational childcare provider, has acquired EduKids, an early childhood education and care centre operator with 15 locations in Western New York.
The deal, which closed on 31 Friday January, follows the acquisition by Busy Bees of Educational Playcare’s 19 centres across Connecticut in August 2019. This expands Busy Bees’ North American presence to 34 centres across the states of New York and Connecticut and 89 centres in Canada.
Founded in 1989, EduKids has 450 staff providing care for 1,660 children from the age of six weeks to five years. Busy Bees acquired 100 per cent of EduKids; following the acquisition, Busy Bees now cares for more than 57,000 children across 640 sites globally, including centres in the UK and Ireland, Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, Australia and the United States.
Simon Irons, Group CEO of Busy Bees, says: “For over 35 years Busy Bees has provided outstanding care for children in local communities across the world. We are pleased to welcome EduKids to the Busy Bees family. In doing so, we are able to support more children, families and staff than ever before. This latest acquisition allows us to expand our footprint in the United States, strengthening our global portfolio and bringing further talent into the Busy Bees business.
“Before finalising the acquisition, we conducted a thorough review and audit to ensure EduKids was aligned to our own vision and values as a business. We are confident that the team at EduKids will enhance our international capabilities as a leading childcare provider as we continue to provide the best possible start in life for the children under our care.”
Nancy Ware, Founder and President of EduKids, adds: “Since its founding more than three decades ago, EduKids has nurtured, taught and guided thousands of children and their families. It is now time to start a new chapter, creating a future instilled with the mission of excellence that has defined us through the years. Busy Bees is the global leader in early childhood education and innovation, and we are confident that they will be able to take the business through the next stage of its growth, giving even more children the best early years education. Over the coming months, we will work closely with Busy Bees’ management team to ensure a seamless transition for all involved.”