Affinity Education Group has acquired 12 early education and care centres owned by Oxanda Education in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Ten Bluebird Early Education centres and two Little Giants Centres with a combined 1,275 licensed places and 1,000 employees have joined Affinity. The newly acquired centres are in Cranbourne, Casey Fields, Croydon, Soldiers Hill and Keysborough in Victoria. The locations in New South Wales include Auburn, Fern Bay, Oran Park and Spring Farm. Two Queensland centres are located in Robina and Morayfield.

The centres will rebrand within six months to comply with Affinity’s brand groups, which include Milestones Early Learning, Papilio Early Learning and Kids Academy.

Affinity now comprises 182 centres in Australia.

Affinity’s chief executive Tim Hickey said: “Our dedicated operations and integration support teams are very busy warmly welcoming the new families and teams; we look forward to introducing them to the Affinity way. We are confident that we will be able to add value to the early education experience for these children through our lifelong learning approach and to our new employees through Affinity’s support, professional development and wonderful career opportunities.”

Oxanda Education’s national head of operations Rosina O’Brien said the opportunity to have Affinity acquire its centres opened up future opportunities for growth and development by the group, adding: “We were thrilled to partner with Affinity on this project, knowing our centres would be joining a company and culture that puts people and children first.”

Date published: 7 April 2022

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