Tiger Childcare hits Central London
17th May 2018
Tiger Childcare will open its first childcare centre in central London later this year following an investment of €1.3 million.
The Irish childcare provider has won the contract to operate a new 7,000 square foot childcare facility in Elephant Park, a new 3,000-home urban regeneration project in Central London’s Elephant and Castle from leading international property and infrastructure group, Lendlease.
The state-of-the-art childcare facility will cater for over 120 children and was designed using best international precedent to bring a unique environment to the children attending.
The opening heralds ambitious plans for Tigers Childcare as it sets out to build its presence in the UK in the coming years, with an initial focus on London. With 13 centres in Ireland, Tigers Childcare is one of the largest providers of childcare facilities in Ireland.
Speaking of its entry into UK, Managing Director of Tigers Childcare, Karen Clince said: “The ambition is to make the UK a sizeable market for Tigers Childcare with a strong focus on London. Winning this tender from Lendlease helps us gain a foothold and gives us the confidence to bring our successful childcare and education services to families here. We want to provide something different to what’s currently available in the UK market when it comes to quality and family experience.”
Speaking of the new centre, Clince says: “We will offer an inclusive childcare setting that will cater for all families within the community regardless of income and set a new standard that doesn’t just meet regulatory standards, but strives for best practice. 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. Working with Dublin-based company Sketch Architects we have designed a space that is completely unique in the market today. ”
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 with over 1100 children under its care.