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Redwoods Dowling Kerr facilitaes sale of First Steps Nursery - Manchester


Redwoods Dowling Kerr is pleased to announce the sale of First Steps; a highly regarded children’s day nursery and after school club based in Greater Manchester.

The nursery has successfully operated in the local community since 2010 and, during this time, has earned an excellent reputation - enjoying regular referrals and recommendations with historically high occupancy levels. The nursery is registered for 105 children and provides quality childcare from 3 months through to 11 years of age, with the after school club being registered for 30 children. Even though very successful, the vendors Mr and Mrs Brooks decided to bring the business to the market to pursue a change in direction.

The nursery operates from a detached former school premises which has been extensively updated, providing versatile and spacious nursery accommodation. The nursery operates from well-presented rooms with vibrant décor in order to create a lively environment for the children.

First Steps came equipped to a very high standard, with an extensive range of excellent quality toys, resources and children’s furniture – all of which are required to operate such a popular nursery. The nursery also incorporates a spacious outdoor area which is very popular with the children. Once on the market, the nursery received high notes of interest with six viewings and two offers. The leasehold property was eventually sold to Mr Barratt; an expanding experienced operator who now owns five nurseries in total - two of which were purchased through Redwoods Dowling Kerr!

Mr Barratt commented, "We are delighted to be the new owners of First Steps Day Nursery. First Steps is an integral part of the community, delivering childcare to the highest standards and we will continue to strive to make it a really fantastic place for children to come to play and learn. Working with RDK was straightforward. I received regular updates and the team were helpful and showed a genuine desire to smooth the sales process.”

The vendors, Mr and Mrs Brooks commented, “We would like to say a big thank you to Redwoods Dowling Kerr and our Senior Sales Negotiator Karrina Lee. Having previously sold a nursery with another company, we decided to go with RDK due to the professionalism shown and through recommendations - and we were not disappointed! From the initial appointment, to receiving our first offer in a matter of weeks; we were guided through the process swiftly and smoothly with any query resolved very quickly. For us selling a nursery there really is only one company to go with!”

To book a free appraisal of your childcare setting, or to simply to find out more information, call us in confidence on 0844 2488 282 or email

Associate Director – Mathew Parkinson

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