Kids Lodge Acquires Childcare Center Het Zonnetje

Amsterdam, 18 December 2023 – Our portfolio company, Kids Lodge, has successfully acquired childcare center Het Zonnetje. This strategic move allows Kids Lodge to expand its childcare services and footprint in Houten.

Het Zonnetje is known for providing intimate childcare services with a focus on personal attention for each child. The two locations in Houten offer a comprehensive package of childcare arrangements for parents, emphasizing warmth, coziness, cooperation, prioritizing the child, and learning through play.

The acquisition of Het Zonnetje aligns with Kids Lodge’s growth ambitions. Building on previous acquisitions, including In de Rups Houten/Zeist (December 2021) and De Bereboot in Helmond (November 2023), this move represents the next step in Kids Lodge’s strategic expansion.

Louise de Ruiter (Director of Kids Lodge): “It is my dream to further establish Kids Lodge as a family center that provides childcare where children, parents, and employees can enjoy themselves and work with passion. We aim to create an environment that promotes the well-being and development of both children and employees, while also prioritizing parental support and fostering meaningful connections.”

Nancy Prick van Wely-Beswerda (Director of Het Zonnetje): “We are thrilled to have connected with Louise de Ruiter from Kids Lodge. The collaboration between Het Zonnetje and Kids Lodge is a valuable addition to the community of Houten. By combining the strengths and knowledge of both organizations, new possibilities emerge, allowing us to enhance our commitment to delivering high-quality childcare.”

About Het Zonnetje

Founded in 1988 as a childminder position, Het Zonnetje has evolved into a daycare center with a passion for working with children. The center provides care to approximately 250 children aged 0 to 12 years across two locations in Houten, supported by a team of 50 employees.

About Kidslodge

Kids Lodge was founded in 2009 and offers with a team of more than 290 employees childcare to more than 1,400 children aged 0 to 12 years. In addition to childcare services, Kids Lodge offers a Party Lodge, Sport Lodge, and Family Lodge, positioning itself as a comprehensive family center. With locations in Houten, IJsselstein, Zeist, and Bunnik, Kids Lodge is a well-known name in the Utrecht region.

About Holland Capital

Over the past 40 years, Holland Capital has responsibly and successfully invested in over 180 promising companies. With a clear investment strategy, the firm is active in the attractive growth markets of Technology, Healthcare, and Agrifood. The experienced and committed investment team understands the challenges of entrepreneurship and strives for open, sustainable, and professional relationships with the management teams of the companies in which they invest. Holland Capital has been a shareholder in Kids Lodge since September 2021, actively supporting the organization in both operational and strategic development.

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