Looking to invest in the Early Years sector? Hopscotch is your guide.
The childcare industry is transforming at a rate never before seen. Whether it is consolidation within the UK or fresh investment and ideas coming from around the world, it has never been more important for those entering the sector to have insight that empowers them to make the right investment decisions and knowledge that differentiates sound opportunities from risky ones.
Hopscotch is your conduit between commercial expertise and experience and the realities of the UK Early Years sector. Our consultants understand the changing landscape of the industry, have first-hand experience of the commercial realities inherent in the sector, and work tirelessly to deliver both outstanding levels of practice and maximal commercial return to operators.
Our investor-focused services will ensure that you understand not only the current state of a prospective acquisition but also its future prospects and potential for growth. Hopscotch can be with you every step of the way to support decisions that minimise risk and maximise return – and help you take the next steps to grow the organisation once an acquisition is completed.
Your investment and commercial expertise. Our comprehensive knowledge of the sector. A recipe for sustained success!
Want to know where settings stand today, rather than when they were last inspected by the regulator? Our holistic in-setting assessment will let you know exactly how a nursery and its team are performing, grading them against Ofsted's criteria and calling out potential exposures that are not apparent from either commercial due diligence or the latest inspection reports. We'll also give you an 'art of the possible' view of the ceiling potential of your target acquisition to enable you to accurately roadmap post-acquisition growth.
Local Market Analysis
When looking to invest in the Early Years sector, accurate competitive and environmental analysis can be the difference between a sound acquisition and a long-term drain. Combining boots-on-the-ground analysis through mystery shopping visits to both potential acquisitions and competitors with in-depth demographic and local insight, Hopscotch will ensure that you have an accurate picture of the potential risks and opportunities inherent in the area and strategic information to shape your decisions on how to evolve post-acquisition.
Acquiring a setting or group of nurseries is only chapter one of the story. Hopscotch understand that you invest for the future - and identifying the correct acquisitions simply starts you on the right path to that future being a success. We can assist in roadmapping the growth in individual nurseries, strategic capital investment across a portfolio and targeting subsequent acquisitions to scale gracefully and with as little friction as possible. Hopscotch are your partner in making the right decisions at every step of the way!
“Hopscotch Early Years Consultancy have become part of our family and team, supporting us over the last 9 months on all aspects of nursery life. The team of industry experts have supported and covered gaps in management, supported both pre- and post-Ofsted inspections, conducted mystery shops, delivered analysis on potential group acquisitions and so much more. They always go above and beyond and will continue to be part of our quality improvement programme.”