TWO childcare nurseries in Chester have been sold.

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the freehold sale of the group of two day nursery settings in the city, trading as Headstart Childcare.

Established in 2002 by three dedicated sisters, Joanne Longden, Lesley Farrell and Karen Lancaster, Headstart Childcare comprises two private day nurseries, Headstart Nursery Upton and Headstart On The Hill, St Mary's Hill, Chester.

Both operate from former school premises and provide early years’ experiences for children aged nought to 11 years.

The nurseries are well known and highly regarded within their local and wider communities and have a combined effective operating capacity for 204 children.

Following a confidential sales process with Sofia Beck at Christie & Co, the business has been purchased by Bright Stars, which has a growing portfolio of 100 settings across the country.

Joanne Longden, one of the previous owners, said: “After nearly 22 years of providing high-quality childcare, my two sisters and I are pleased to announce the sale of our two nurseries in Chester to Bright Stars.

"We have had an amazing journey and we leave the business with many fond memories.

"We are delighted that Bright Stars shares the same vision and outlook as we do and we are confident that they will continue to support our dedicated staff in providing high-quality childcare.”

Kirsty Ibbott, acquisitions director at Bright Stars, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have acquired Headstart Childcare.

"As we step into this new chapter, we are fully committed to maintaining the exceptional level of care that has become affiliated with this name. We are excited about the journey ahead and look forward to continuing the legacy of exceptional care that has become synonymous with our organisation.”

Sofia Beck, director – Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, said: “I’m pleased to have assisted Joanne, Lesley and Karen with their exit from the sector.

"Between them, over the years they have created two charming nurseries offering exceptional childcare and education. I wish them all the best for the future and lots of luck for their next ventures, whatever they may be.

“It’s great to see Bright Stars’ continued growth in the North West. I think Headstart Upton and Headstart On The Hill will fit in nicely into their first-rate group.”

Headstart Childcare was sold for an undisclosed price