Welcome to Happy Days, Penrice

Nursery staff and baby play at St Austell Penrice Happy Days Nursery preschool

About our nursery

Newly refurbished and situated on the campus of Penrice Hospital offering parent parking and level access to the nursery/pre-school, Happy Days Penrice is a long-established setting that always provides a warm and nurturing environment. 

The setting has recently seen the addition of a new outdoor area which all children can safely access from their rooms.  Much investment has gone into this outside area, including the very popular mud kitchen.

Inside, the nursery is calm and natural providing opportunities for the children to explore, and discover as well as having quiet times.

We offer free grant-funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, as well as free baby massage for any parent with a baby aged from 8 weeks to 12 months.

Our nursery is open from 7.30am to 6pm, 51 weeks per year, offering childcare and early years education to children aged 12 weeks to 5 years.

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Meet our Nursery Manager

Wendy Potts began her career working with children as a nanny for 10 years before starting at Happy Days in 2000 and is one of our most experienced colleagues. She started as a nursery nurse at Penrice, working her way up to Deputy Manager. She then worked at Bodmin as Nursery Manager for a while before being transferred back to Penrice as Manager. Wendy has a BTEC National Diploma in Caring Services (Nursery nursing).

Why not call in and see our very special nursery for yourself?

Wendy Potts - manager St Austell Penrice Happy Days Nursery preschool
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Benefits for Parents

If you work for the NHS, we are pleased to offer you a 5% discount on your nursery fees.  We regularly offer free courses like baby massage and heavily discounted Paediatric First Aid courses.

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Our nursery chef prepares fresh and nutritious meals on site and special diets are also catered for. Children learn to be independent at mealtimes and help set up and clear away the table.

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Partner Schools

Our nursery works with a wide range of local schools and provides a unique ‘School Readiness’ programme to ensure that when children leave us to begin formal education, they will be well-prepared and confident.

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A glimpse into a day at Happy Days Penrice

So many parents comment about our wonderful outside area and the inside refurbishment of the nursery.  As you can see, we really do ensure that our enviornments are the very best they can be for both children and our colleagues who work at the nursery.  Our environments are calm and neutral, specially tailored for little people to encourage independence.  Activities are thoughtful and well planned out and our children have so much fun they are not aware of how much they are learning!

Useful information

Opening Times Monday – Friday 7.30am to 6pm

Happy Days Nursery
Penrice Hospital
Porthpean Road
St Austell
PL26 6AA

T: 01726 711 88
E: penrice@happydaysnurseries.com


The nursery is situated in the grounds of Penrice Hospital, which is ideal for those working at the hospital.  It is also on the main bus routes.