Sodexo Strengthens Position in French Childcare Market
Sodexo Group subsidiary Crèche Attitude has acquired Crèches de France to accelerates its development as a major childcare player in the French market. The acquisition is a cornerstone of an ambitious development strategy designed to strengthen the company's position as the go-to player in the private crèche sector.
Founded by Philippe Austruy more than fifteen years ago to provide care services for children aged from infancy to their preteens, Crèche Attitude is a major childcare player and member of Sodexo's Personal and Home Services Group. Its mission is to act on well-being at work and parents’ quality of life by guaranteeing the best possible care for children and their families.
The acquisition helps strengthen Crèche Attitude’s geographic coverage, particularly in Paris and the south of France.
Commenting on the development, Marc Jouannic, Managing Director of Crèche Attitude, said:
“The integration of 97 Crèches de France crèches rounds out our network, expanding it from 160 to 257 sites, whilst preserving the level of quality care we provide for children and their families”
Didier Sandoz, Chief Executive Officer, Sodexo Personal and Home Services, added:
“Both Crèche Attitude and Crèches de France pay special attention to the development of infants, to listening, kindness and availability for families, with maximum health and safety. This acquisition helps us strengthen our position in France with high-quality teams, but also and above all to always offer more value to our clients”.
Crèches de France teams have already begun integrating into the Sodexo Group to start a new chapter in the history of the crèche sector in France.
About SIS Group
SIS Group, the ultimate shareholder in Crèches de France, is a family-owned group founded by Philippe Austruy, entrepreneur and innovator initially in dependency markets where major private hospitalisation structures were established, followed in 2004 by infancy care in France under the Crèches de France brand and in the rest of Europe with a strong market presence in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg. SIS Group is also expanding operations in real estate, catering and vineyards.