Graphite has completed the primary buy-out of Storal, a group of children nurseries

Storal is an operator of nurseries and pre-schools across England the UK, serving over 2,000 children across 28 nurseries and two Out-of-School Clubs. The Company is headquartered in London and provides high-quality early-years education across a nationwide portfolio of nursery settings, employing over 600 staff. Storal is one of the highest-quality nursery operators in the UK and was rated fourth in Nursery World’s Ofsted 2023 Quality Rankings, with 100% of settings rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Storal has built a nationwide presence through successfully launching and acquiring single-site and small group settings and integrating them into its platform. At the heart of Storal’s culture is the belief that every child has a different story to tell. In line with this, the nurseries offer children a journey of learning and discovery, where curiosity and creativity meet and childhood is cherished. The group has developed a proprietary curriculum that is rolled out across its nurseries and is designed to support and extend children’s understanding, skills and self-confidence, and foster a love of learning.

Demand for UK early-years education provision has been steadily increasing, driven by structural drivers such as societal focus on children’s educational attainment and growing parental participation in the workforce. There are over 14,000 nursery settings in the UK, the majority of which are single-site. There is increasing cross-party political support for early-years learning, with additional direct funding announced in the 2023 spring budget and a set of regulatory changes aimed at supporting nursery operations, affordability and availability of staff.