Wolseley’s Guardian acquires Jigsaw Corporate Childcare

7th Sep 12

Wolseley's Guardian Childcare Alliance has expanded by acquiring Jigsaw Corporate Childcare, Australia’s leading provider of corporate childcare solutions. The Jigsaw Corporate Childcare group (Jigsaw) owns and operates 10 high quality early learning centres for the staff of a number of blue chip corporate clients. The acquisition is the latest step in Guardian’s growth strategy, which has resulted in the business doubling in size since Wolseley invested in the business 18 months ago.

Guardian operates 74 high quality centres providing daily care for more than 11,000 families, with about 6,200 licensed childcare places and 1,500 early learning educators. Group turnover now exceeds $100 million a year.

Michael Murphy, Director at Wolseley, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to support Guardian in its plans to expand into the corporate childcare market. There is significant demand from Australian companies for high quality early childhood education for their employee’s children and many businesses now see onsite childcare as a key tool in attracting and retaining staff.”

“We expect corporate childcare to be a focus of significant growth for Guardian and we will continue to support the business to capitalise on these opportunities. Guardian intends to expand the Jigsaw business by seeking further opportunities in Sydney, as well as expanding into the Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane markets as appropriate sites become available.

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