Kala Patel, Kiddy Care Nursery
An Asian woman from Kenya who moved to the UK aged 16 is not your average entrepreneur, but Kala Patel is anything but typical.
Unhappy with the standard of childcare available when she had her first child, she took it upon herself to start her own nursery and within a month of opening Kala had a waiting list of 300. Despite the cultural challenges then managed to get a bank loan which supported its expansion to a second site. Kiddycare was born! Today Kiddycare has five sites and provides quality childcare from 6 weeks to five years as well as out of school care for older children. Kala has won numerous industry awards and launched a consultancy arm recognising the business opportunity to provide childcare to corporate employees. She won the contract to manage Royal Mail’s nursery at its headquarters, a contract Kiddycare has proudly held for 16 years.
As Kiddy Care prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary next year it has received a number of opportunities for expansion in the UK, Dubai and all metro cities in India.
Based on the company’s reputation over the years, high employee retention rate and great future for growth, Kala has been targeted by London-based private equity groups and venture capitalists who want to use Kiddycare as a platform company to go through an accelerated period of growth over the next 5-7 years.
Passionate about making a contribution to the community that supported her, Kala was instrumental in raising funds for the NSPCC Bal Raksha project in Leicester, she supports an Orphanage in India and has recently provided funds to ensure clean water in a Kenyan village close to where she grew up. Kiddycare also provides support to disadvantaged families and its community commitment has been recognised by the Prime Minister with an invitation to 10 Downing Street. Kala has also been invited to Buckingham Palace as part of the finalists of Asian women of achievement.