Welcome to Happy Days, Penair

Small boy playing at Truro Penair Happy Days Nursery

About our nursery

Awarded Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2016. Situated in a quiet location on the campus of Penair Academy, our nursery/pre-school is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted (2016/2017). At Happy Days Penair, we specialise in helping children get the most enjoyment and stimulation from outdoor experiences. Our outdoor spaces include growing areas and our own natural woodland. The nursery believes in being green and encourages recycling wherever possible. Our work in the area has led to our nursery winning two National Awards. Every child can access the secure outdoor environment from their room. Our Summer Holiday Activities support the National Trust programme “50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾” squeezing in 30 of them before children are 4 ¾!

We work closely with our families to provide a warm, friendly experience including little things like plenty of car parking spaces for parents and places to store pushchairs and car seats.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 8am to 6pm, 51 weeks per year, offering childcare and early years education to children aged 12 weeks to 5 years.

Meet our Nursery Manager

Nicky Smith has previous experience of working in challenging behaviour units for adults with learning difficulties and has travelled extensively and lived in Indonesia before moving to Cornwall in 2006. She has worked at Penair since September 2006, becoming Manager in 2010. Nicky has a BA Hons in Developmental Psychology, is an Early Years Teacher and is a Learning Through Landscapes accredited trainer.

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

Nicky Smith - manager of Truro Penair Happy Days Nursery
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Small girl draws at Truro Penair Happy Days Nursery

Benefits for Parents

We are always looking at ways in which we can add value to you and your child's experiences at Happy Days. We regularly offer free courses and discounts to try and support you in any way we can. We also offer transport to those on the Treleander Estate and Malpas.

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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 Penair

Undoubtedly the outdoor areas at Penair are a sight to behold and enjoyed by children and staff every day come rain or shine! Our nursery/pre-school has individual woodland areas for children under 2 years and for children over 2 years. As well as open-ended play which encourages brain development, our nursery-led activities are stimulating and fun. We are very much considered part of the community and host local business, "Naoko's Kitchen" Little Story Baking Sessions. Did I mention we are an Outstanding Nursery (Ofsted 2016).....

Useful information

  • Opening Times Monday – Friday 8am to 6pm (some 7.30am starts available but booking essential)


The nursery is situated conveniently in the grounds of Penair School with plenty of free parent parking and close to the town centre of Truro.