Paint Pots nursery group sold to social enterprise
Paint Pots Nursery and Preschool in Southampton has been sold to Hampshire-based social enterprise Launchpad Early Years.
Owned and run by David and Anna Wright, the group of nine nurseries was purchased by Launchpad Early Years, an independent charity chaired by the Bishop of Winchester. The nurseries join Launchpad’s three existing facilities in the villages of Barton Stacey near Winchester, Appleshaw near Andover and Boldre near Lymington.
Paint Pots Pre-school & Nursery was founded 29 years ago by David and Anna Wright, who are now retiring.
Well-known in the industry, David Wright (below) was a judge for the nursery world Award and advocate for the visibility and number of men working in childcare, publish a book on the subject in 2018. In the same year, Paint Pots Pre-school & Nursery won nursery world Nativity scene group of the year.
PHOTO Teri Pengilley
The settings, all of which are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, will continue to be managed by the social enterprise under the Paintpots brand. Nursery director Joseph Wright, son of David and Anna, will no longer work for the group and plans to retrain as a primary school teacher.
Anna and David Wright said: “Our passion has always been to provide a loving and warm environment for children that is safe, secure and nurturing. The emotional, social and physical development of all the children in our care is so important to us and we know that the Launchpads team will continue to guide these children through their learning journey.
The social enterprise Launchpad Early Years was established in 2019 with three preschools, which have a broad Christian ethos similar to church schools and are based on the Church of England’s vision for education. Schools are open to all children of all faiths.
Commenting on the acquisition of Paint Pots, the Reverend Debbie Sellin, Bishop of Southampton and Chair of the Board of Launchpads, said: “David and Anna have dedicated over 25 years of exceptional work to teaching children. Their success is fantastic and we will look to continue their approach as they prepare for retirement.
Paint Pots’ values of love, laughter and learning align closely with our own vision of early childhood education. I am thrilled to welcome the Paint Pots team to the Launchpads family, and we look forward to working together to provide more children with a friendly and stimulating environment where they can explore, play and learn with the support of a staff caring and dedicated. ‘