Fairlands Nursery School was originally founded over 50 years ago and has since developed a fantastic reputation locally for providing the highest quality childcare. The nursery can accommodate up to 80 children and, since it was acquired by its previous owner in 2008, has benefitted from many outdoor enhancements, including a giant sandpit, bark pit, den area, mud kitchen and vegetable garden.
The business is located in a rural setting between the villages of Botley and Wickham in Hampshire and operates from a spacious former School House which is well equipped with an abundance of resources.
The nursery’s previous owner, Mrs Jo Skinner, has worked at Fairlands Nursery School for 22 years and was lucky enough to acquire the business in 2008 when she became its Manager/Owner. Mrs Skinner, who decided to sell to retire from the sector, was keen to find the right buyer to pass on her legacy to.
She commented: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have found someone with the same ethos as myself. I feel Laura will continue to develop the outdoor area and keep the same ‘family feeling’ that Fairlands is recognised for.’
Fairlands Nursery School has been acquired by existing operator, Ms Laura Jones who owns another nursery in Surrey. She added: ‘We are very excited to be taking Fairlands over from Jo. It is a fantastic nursery that has been lovingly cared for which fits into our ethos and focuses on outdoor learning. We would like to thank Jo for her passion, enthusiasm and hard work that has created the legacy for us to take into the future.’
Sophie Willcox, associate director at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, stated: ‘Jo, was one of the first vendors to provide us with a video of the setting as we entered lockdown, which undoubtedly created interest at a time when visiting was difficult. This is just another example of the demand we are seeing for good quality nurseries.
‘I want to wish Jo the best of luck in her retirement, it was a pleasure working for her. If you are considering an exit strategy yourself, please do not hesitate to get in touch.’
Fairlands Nursery School was sold at an undisclosed price.