Tigers Childcare opens first UK facility in London

Irish company, Tigers Childcare, has opened its first childcare centre in south London following a €2 million investment.

The new 7,000 square foot facility in Elephant and Castle will cater for over 120 children and provide a combination of state-funded and private places for children aged four months to twelve years.

Tigers Childcare worked with Dublin company Sketch Architects to design the space and bring a facility that is unique to anything in the market today with sensory rooms, dedicated crawl spaces and sleeping pods.

In May 2018 Tigers Childcare won the contract to operate the facility from international property group Lendlease following a competitive tender process.

With 13 centres in Ireland, catering for 1250 children, Tigers Childcare is one of the largest childcare providers in Ireland.

The London centre will adopt Tigers Childcare’s successful Irish model, with senior staff degree qualified and the remainder qualified in early years’ care and education to level 3 or above. This exceeds current statutory requirements for childcare staffing in the UK, which currently requires only 50% of staff to be qualified.

Speaking of the new centre, founder and managing director of Tigers Childcare, Karen Clince says: “We want to provide something different to what’s currently available in the UK market when it comes to quality and family experience. From the design of the centre to staff qualifications we hope to set a new benchmark for childcare provision in the UK by applying to Elephant Park the same practices, procedures and ethos underpinning our success in Ireland.”

The childcare centre is part of Elephant Park, a £2.5 billion urban regeneration project between Lendlease and the London Borough of Southwark in south London. Around 3,000 new homes as well as new restaurants, shops and a new park are being delivered at the 28-acre development.

Kristy Lansdown, Project Director of Elephant Park, for Lendlease said: “We are very pleased that Tigers Childcare has opened its doors to the local community, and that we have been able to add them to the strong line-up of businesses moving to Elephant Park.”

Tigers Childcare has gone through rapid growth since establishing in 2003. From a small after-school service initially operated by owner and managing director Karen Clince, it has grown to become one of Ireland’s market leaders in childcare.

Last month it secured an investment of €5 million from Dunport Capital to help roll out its expansion plans in Ireland and the UK.

Media Contact: Bernice Burnside, Bvisible, bernice@bvisible.ie, 087 2337366

About Tigers Childcare

Tigers Childcare provides a unique programme of early years, pre-school and after-school childcare services in Ireland.

It operates 13 centres in Dublin and Meath catering for 1250 children and employing 162 staff.

Tigers Childcare’s staff are trained to the highest standards and focused on providing an individualised curriculum and centre-based care that is regularly audited and evaluated against international childcare standards.

About Elephant Park

Elephant Park is a new residential and retail area for South London located in the historic area of Elephant & Castle. Offering the convenience of living in Zone 1 and centred around a new 2-acre park, the development unites creative independents, inventive local food traders from the far corners of the world, and high street gems alongside a spirit of fun and adventure.

Elephant Park will offer 3,000 new homes when completed in 2025, with space for over 50 new shops, restaurants and cafés and planting over 1,200 new trees.

Elephant Park is just moments from Elephant & Castle Underground and Rail Stations, to the East of Walworth Road, breathing new life into this historic area and creating thousands of high-quality new homes, jobs, business opportunities and green space for Londoners.

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