Our story

Babilou was born to support the wellbeing of children and the work-life balance of families

We work hand-in-hand with parents, businesses and public authorities to help make the world a better place

Founded in France in 2003 by entrepreneurial brothers Rodolphe and Edouard Carle to bridge the gap in childcare solutions, Babilou has gradually grown to become a leading light in early years education and a major operator across the globe. We set out to support the well-being of children and the work-life balance of families at a time of rising birthrates and women in the workforce. Today, in our rapidly-changing, fragilized world, our role in society is all the more relevant: bring quality education to the next generation.


We began with one nursery and 24 cots. Five years later, we became the leading private childcare network in France. Today, we are a family of passionate educational entrepreneurs present in 12 countries with around 700 establishments, 10,000 employees and 50,000 children in our care – and we are all growing in the same spirit, together.

Together, We Grow - more than a business project, a culture.

We are driven by the conviction that together, we can have a strong impact on tomorrow’s world through early years education. By partnering with educational entrepreneurs who share our vision, by building close partnerships with public authorities and private enterprises, by sharing best practices and constantly innovating to provide parents with top-quality childcare solutions, we are making a difference.

The signature of our innovative approach is Together, We Grow. It's a way of thinking and doing that englobes our quality management philosophy, our unique savoir-faire in the domain of early childhood and our commitment to families, clients, employees, partners and society as a whole. It reinforces the values and ambitions we share internally and strive to bring to life with children and families daily. It’s a blueprint for the sustainable growth and the continuous improvement of all our centers all over the world.

Our values

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Team Spirit

We believe in the talent of everyone, in their individual intelligence and sense of collective responsibility. We are united, we grow together.

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Kindness

We take care of each other. We respect each other. We are kind and considerate whether it's towards children, parents, employees or our partners.

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Commitment

We are dedicated. We share a positive, can-do attitude and act in full knowledge of our responsibilities towards children, their families, our employees and partners to help build a better world.

Timeline

2019

Babilou Family is the only childcare company in the world who is developing a global university or UP (Université Pédagogique) for educators :

  • The “UP” Dubai (Bee Academy®) is recognized by the British government.
  • Plans underway for the “UP” Singapore.

First Babilou nurseries labelled ELSA© in France.

2018

Babilou Family launches the Babilou Foundation to support social, educational and community initiatives in France and allow everyone to contribute to a better world in 4 key areas : education, health, environmental protection and social inclusion.

The Group extends its activity in India with a majority share in Amelio Early Education, a network of daycare centers based in Chennai.  

Babilou Family launches a bilingual franco-german teaching program in state schools in Bavaria.

Creation of the 1st private referential for early childhood, and creation of the ELSA© Label under the authority of SGS.

    2017

    Babilou Family arrives in Luxembourg with an equity stake in Lavorel Kids and Baby, the N°1 in daycare and after-care, and continues its international expansion by creating the first network of daycare centers in the United Arab Emirates thanks to its equity stake in Blossom Nursery.

    The Group takes over the Ecole Centrale de Puériculture Paul Strauss, a celebrated French school for childcare that trains over 200 childcare assistants every year.

    Babilou Family reinforces its position as the leading daycare center network in France with the acquisition of Kid’S Cool, the 7th biggest network of private daycare centers in the country.

    2016

    Babilou Family launches its first digital platform: My Family Solutions – a parental services and information portal specially designed for companies to enable them to offer their employees flexible childcare solutions in one or more centers. 

    2015

    Babilou Family continues to develop its offer on an international scale with partnerships in Germany, Dubai and Switzerland.

    2014

    Babilou Family develops its offer in Belgium, and now counts 15 nurseries in the country.

    2011

    Babilou Family creates its first group project and work culture guide: Together, We Grow.

    2009

    Launch of “1001 Crèches” : a digital platform that brings all of Babilou’s  structures and partners together. Parents can now access a place in a daycare center according to their family organization,  businesses can reserve cots all over France and local municipalities can share their cot spaces on the network too. Babilou is the first childcare company to provide this possibility, which enables large companies to offer their employees daycare centers that are closer to the family home.

    Drafting of the 1st reference document for the certification of early childhood services, with SGS (independent international certifying entity).

    Babilou continues to develop by creating its own childcare centers and joining forces with daycare center managers who share the same values.

    2006

    First business partnership, with the L’Oréal Group.

    2005

    Rodolphe and Edouard Carle create the first public-private partnership with a French municipality in Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine.

    2004

    First day-care center open to several enterprises in partnership with the French government’s family allowance fund.

    2003

    Rodolphe and Edouard Carle develop an innovative, high-quality childcare solution. Following the launch of a new public-private partnership in the domain of early childhood, the first Babilou childcare center opens in France in Boulogne-Billancourt : "Les Tilleuls".