Bright Stars

Sector
Education
Fund
Fund IV
Year
2021
Location
UK
Status
Current

A leading group of premium UK early learning centres.

Key facts

Site ratings

+90%

of sites rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’

Acquisitions

8

under Oakley’s ownership

Bright Stars is one of the largest nursery operators in the UK, serving nearly ~9,000 children at 76 nurseries across England.

ICP Education (Bright Stars)

A high quality large nursery operator

The Group is one of the highest quality large nursery operators in England, with a third of nurseries rated Oftsed Outstanding and 94% rated Outstanding or Good.

In 2020, Bright Stars was ranked as the 14th Best Place to Work in the UK by Glassdoor, across all categories.

Our investment 

Oakley acquired a majority stake in Bright Stars in May 2021, partnering with the management team to support their strategic goal to build one of the leading, premium nursery groups in Europe.

Market dynamics

The UK nursery sector is a £6.7 billion market serving an estimated 850,000 children across 15,000 nurseries, most of which continue to be owned and operated on a single-site basis. The market has grown steadily at 4.5% CAGR between 2010-2019 driven by rising female labour market participation and an increasing awareness of the importance of early years education.

Our origination network helps us source investments others cannot. Often, we are the first institutional investor in our portfolio companies.

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