How Happy Days Lets You Track Child Development

2 mins
Mar 27, 2024

As a parent, being able to see and track the development of your child while at nursery is key, as it not only shows the progress, they are making but also helps you feel more comfortable when they aren’t at home.

We use the ParentZone app to help facilitate communication between parents and the nursery and allow you to track your child’s development easily.

Read on to find out how it works!

How ParentZone can help you relax

ParentZone offers a wide range of functionalities to help parents understand and track the progress being made by their children. It allows our team to input weekly observations and 6 monthly assessments regarding your child’s progress.  

This way, you can see the activities your child has been participating in while at nursery, through professional observations, photos, and videos from our team. Meaning that you can gain an understanding of what your child is doing and rest easy knowing that they are being well kept care of.

Also, if you have multiple children or need to look back on an old update, you can filter your timeline so that it only shows information specific to what you need!

Happy Days are forward-thinking

Nursery is all about the development and growth of your child – learning new things, exploring new concepts, and finding out as much about the world as possible. Happy Days utilises a child centred learning model which encourages the children in our care to explore their education at their own pace while also setting them up for school effectively.

This involves using technology, music, sports and more to learn and discover in their own way, especially since these aspects play such a major role in modern society.

Happy Days Nurseries is proud to implement technology into our operations for the benefit of our children and parents, and we utilise the leading nursery app in the UK, ParentZone, to do that.

Two-way communication helps improve the nursery experience

ParentZone isn’t only used to keep you in the know, though. As a parent, you can also let us know when something has happened that may mean we need to change the way we care for them day-to-day.

The app also means that you don’t have to find your key person first thing in the morning when things are in a rush to tell them important information – you can simply upload the necessary information to the app and rest assured, knowing that they will receive it.

You can use any information given to you by your child’s key person to support your child’s learning at home, bringing in new concepts they’ve learned during family playtime. The reverse is also true, where you can upload photos or let us know of recent trips or activities that our staff can then talk to your child about, helping them grow communication skills and confidence.

See everything for yourself on our comprehensive user guide to ParentZone!

What do people think of ParentZone

Our ParentZone app is fully compliant with Ofsted requirements and is often a key consideration in the decision process for parents choosing between local nurseries. 

A quote from Laura, one of our parents:

“The ParentZone app is wonderful. It’s very easy to use, you can turn notifications on or off as you want, and it pretty much updates you during the day on what your child has done. It gives you an in-depth description and it uploads photos of your little one during the day. It’s so nice to see.”

Looking to make the most of expert Happy Days childcare at one of our specialist local nurseries? Find your closest branch using our dedicated search tool or reach out to our team directly – we are always happy to help!

Get in touch with Happy Days

Call our team on 0800 783 3431 or email enquiries@happydaysnurseries.com and ask any questions you may have.

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools sponsors the Rainbow run for the 6th year!

1 mins
Mar 26, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools are pleased to announce sponsoring the yellow paint station for the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) Rainbow Run on 15th June 2024.

This year, Team Rainbow’s fundraising target is £50,000, which could help to provide vital 24-hour care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families in 2024.  Rainbow Run is open to anyone over 5 years old. You can run, skip, walk or jog with family, friends or work colleagues. However you choose to take part, you will be showered in powder paint at 8 different coloured stations and will be making a difference every step of the way.  

Alice Avery, Digital Marketing Executive, attended the Children’s Hospice South West Business Club Networking And Information Event yesterday – ‘This charity continues to be a beacon of hope and support for children and families across the South West. It’s purpose built building has every detail of the lives impacted considered, a truly inspiring building. All money raised from the annual Rainbow Run goes directly to this fantastic cause, you can join the runners for just £25 or support in other ways by donating to a friend and cheering them along.’

At Children’s Hospice South West they are absolutely committed to making the most of short and precious lives. The care offered is not simply about medical and nursing care for sick but about enriching the lives of children and their families.

As well as sponsoring the Rainbow Run CHSW will be Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools nominated charity of the year for 2024. If you would like to make a donation a fundraising page has been set up; visit the Just Giving page here. For every £20 raised, this will help to provide 1 hour of vital care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. 

For more information on the Rainbow Run visit: Rainbow Run Cornwall 2024 | Children’s Hospice South West (chsw.org.uk)

Happy Days Nursery in Droitwich Celebrates an outstanding review!

1 mins
Mar 21, 2024

Happy Days Nursery in Droitwich is proud to share an outstanding review, following their Open Day!

‘I arranged a visit on Friday 1st March as I was interested in enrolling my son when the new funding comes in.

I have visited many different nurseries through the job that I do, but I was completely blown away by Droitwich Happy Days. Firstly, every team member I came into contact with that day was so friendly and helpful. Lucia showed me round and she answered every question I had with confidence,  nothing was too much trouble. She was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and we enjoyed learning all about the programs you do involving cooking, growing produce and sports. I came back for your open day the next day and , again,  every team member was great. I brought my son along this time and all the team were brilliant with how they engaged with him and made us feel welcome. It was very clear to me that happy days is a nice place to work and this is important to me when choosing where to send my son.

The facilities and the activities they had set out were excellent, and I was made to feel like I was already a parent of a child who was enrolled there. It was great to hear from the manager all about the stay and play sessions that are upcoming and I think this is such a good idea, especially for children who are due to start later in the year, so that they can attend and get to know some of the people who will be taking care of them.

Of course, I enrolled my son to start in September and we are excited to start our happy days journey with you!’

Secure your place for 2024 now at Droitwich nursery located within the heart of Yew Tree Village, just south of Droitwich Spa. We are conveniently located just minutes from the M5 at Junctions 5 and 6. Provided is a secure, calm, and neutral environments and wonderful outside areas with free-flow access throughout the day, and all our resources are carefully selected to allow children to experiment, explore and enjoy.

The nursery has a limited number of places available, book a tour today on our website or get in touch with us via the contact details below.

Phone: 01905 590500

Email: droitwich@happydaysnurseries.com

Address: Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School, Woodland Way, Yew Tree Village, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7GP

Out and about in Verwood!

1 mins
Mar 19, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools have been out and about in the community at Verwood. Hosting Baby Sensory Plays, story telling, pop ups and Information & Recruitment evenings.

This past week, Happy Days hosted two successful Baby Stay sessions.  The first session explored the world of “Music & Rhyme,” while today’s session focused on encouraging movement with the theme “Let’s Move.”  These sessions reflect Happy Days’ commitment to fostering a sense of community and providing families with a glimpse into our vision and approach to early childhood development.

We’ve also taken part in community events raising money for Red Nose Day, hosted by The Verwood Hub. It was great watching the children engaged with our Story Time – The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

Coming up on April 18th, you can join us for a fun-filled afternoon exploring the state-of-the-art facilities and learn everything you need to know.
– Tour our purpose-built nursery designed for your child’s learning and development.
– Meet our friendly and dedicated nursery team.
– Early years funding options and fees
– Nursery opening hours and tour availability
– Nutritious meal plans and delicious menus
– Engaging early years curriculum

For more information on up and coming events keep your eyes on our Facebook page and website.

Happy Days Nursery in Yate Officially Opens its Doors with Deputy Mayor

1 mins
Feb 27, 2024

On Thursday, February 22nd, Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools officially opened their new nursery in Yate, welcoming Deputy Mayor Councillor Ben Nutland for the ceremony. Deputy Mayor Nutland toured the setting, met the happy staff, and delivered remarks praising the beautiful environment and exciting learning opportunities offered to the children.

The highlight of the ceremony was the ribbon-cutting, where some of the children, proudly waving flags, assisted Deputy Mayor Nutland.

“We are thrilled to finally open our doors and welcome the Yate community to our new, state-of-the-art nursery,” said Kim Herbert, Managing Director for Happy Days. “This space is designed to nurture and inspire young minds, and we are confident that children will thrive here.”

Deputy Mayor Nutland commented, “The nursery is truly impressive, from the stimulating learning spaces to the beautiful outdoor area. I am excited to see this fantastic facility flourish and contribute to the Yate community.”

Happy Days Yate is now accepting enrolments and invites families to attend an Open Day on 2 March between 10am to 1pm, to experience the nursery firsthand. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit www.happydaysnurseries.com/our-nurseries/yate/ .

How to prepare your child for nursery

3 mins
Feb 14, 2024

It’s almost here: your child’s first day of nursery! It is not uncommon for parents to feel a mix of excitement and nervousness as it approaches, and you may be thinking about how they’ll settle into their new environment.

Don’t worry, although it can seem daunting, there are several steps you can take to help your child transition to Nursery with as little difficulty as possible.

Read on to find out the top tips for helping your child get used to education!

Get to know your Key Person

The Happy Days Key Person approach ensures a tailored and highly personal experience for your child, and getting to know your Key Person early will help improve the process.

Your child will build relationships with and trust their Key Person who will give them consistent and continuous care and attention. That Key Person will be assigned before your child starts their nursery journey, so you and your child feels secure starting with one relationship already built.

Make use of our ‘settling in’ sessions

Happy Days are proud of our comprehensive and effective settling in sessions, they are designed to help both you and your child to feel comfortable in their new setting. These sessions take place before your child joins the nursery, allowing you and your child to meet your key person, and the wider team, and allows us to complete the necessary paperwork.

As these sessions continue, we will start to build up the time you are away from your child so that they can get used to being away from you. This helps to make their first full days much easier and leave your child feeling more comfortable.

During these periods apart, we also help your child experience all aspects of nursery life, including meal and nap times, outdoor play, structured activities, and more. By the time their first day rolls around, your child will be excited and ready to start their journey, and you can relax knowing that they will be carefully looked after and happy during their time with us.

Help your child get used to social activities

To help ease them into playing with other children, it could be worth organising or joining existing play groups.

These can be very beneficial for children and will help develop their social skills and understanding of concepts like sharing, while also making them more comfortable when meeting other children and new people. It could be especially useful if you can find others who are starting nursery at the same time, as you could help build relationships before starting at nursery.

Encourage some basic tasks at home

One of the best ways to help with the practical aspect of nursery is to encourage your child to practice some of the regular tasks that happen during your typical day at nursery. Encouraging positive characteristics such as sharing toys, playing games that take turns and putting things back.

To start with, you could ask them to put their toys in a toy box or to hang up their coat, developing good habits we can then build on once they join us!


Create a suitable morning routine

Getting your child ready for nursery while you’re also getting ready for work or trying to do essential tasks can often be a challenge. Before starting nursery, consider trying to create a consistent morning routine that you know won’t leave you rushing out the door.

By having a semi-regular time when your child should wake up, have breakfast, get dressed, and plan it around the time you have free to help them, you could help significantly reduce stress levels in the morning.

Practising this before nursery will also help your child to be more acclimatised to this by the time your child starts.

Find a local nursery for you!

Are you looking to find a nursery or preschool for your child? Looking for an Ofsted outstanding nursery or preschool to ensure your child is getting only the best early education possible? Use our Happy Days nursery finder today!

The minimum we strive for is an Ofsted good nursery, and we work diligently to ensure that our nurseries are rated as highly as possible for our children. We have locations throughout the southwest of England and Wales that are routinely inspected by relevant local bodies.

Get in touch with our team today on 0800 783 3431 or email enquiries@happydaysnurseries.com to find out more!

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

1 mins
Feb 05, 2024

From February 5th to 11th, we’re joining the nationwide celebration of National Apprenticeship Week! This year’s theme, “Skills for Life,” perfectly reflects our commitment to nurturing young talent and empowering them with the knowledge and abilities to thrive in the early years sector.

Throughout the week, we will be shining a spotlight on our apprentices and the valuable role they play in Happy Days.

MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2024 – APPRENTICESHIPS FOR ALL!

We kick things off by highlighting the inclusivity of apprenticeships! Age (17+), background, or prior experience doesn’t matter – apprenticeships offer a fantastic pathway to a fulfilling career in childcare.

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2024 – EMPLOYER TUESDAY

We shine a light on our fantastic apprenticeship programs, showcasing the diverse roles and oppor-tunities we offer.

WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2024 – APPRENTICE WEDNESDAY

Hear directly from our inspiring apprentices! They’ll share their journeys, achievements, and why they love being part of the Happy Days team.

THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2024 – OUR FUN FACTS

Get ready for some fascinating statistics about Happy Days’ apprenticeships and the impact they have on our nurseries and the wider community.

FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2024 – CELEBRATION FRIDAY

It’s time to celebrate the incredible talent and achievements of our apprentices!

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10 – 11 FEBRUARY 2024 – THE NAW WEEKENDER

We wrap up the week with a recap of our activities and a peek into the exciting future of apprentice-ships at Happy Days.

National Apprenticeship Week is a chance to celebrate the power of apprenticeships in shaping suc-cessful careers and contributing to a brighter future. Join us as we champion this valuable learning pathway and inspire the next generation of early years professionals!

SHARE YOUR STORY

We would like to showcase some motivational stories to highlight how your apprenticeship has helped during the year. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with us via our socials to share your story.

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools responds to the launch of the government campaign to recruit early years workers!

1 mins
Feb 02, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools responds to the launch of the government campaign to recruit early years workers

The government has today launched its campaign to recruit more early years workers, which includes a £1,000 cash incentive trial. 

Here at Happy Days we are delighted that more is being done to not only attract more early years workers, but to also highlight the important work of early years professionals. For a long time we have been promoting the vital contribution our colleagues make to shaping the future through their passion, drive and commitment to providing quality care and education, giving every child the best start in life.

Kim Herbert, Managing Director, stated, “With the introduction of the new government funding in April, it is vital that we recruit early years practitioners to enable us to meet demand and provide these additional places for parents. Whilst this new government recruitment campaign will assist us with our recruitment efforts, we have already invested heavily in not only attracting new colleagues, but in expanding our Colleague Value Programme, creating a supportive environment where everyone can thrive and we look to the government for further support to enable us to continue to do this.”

Fiona Blackwell, Operations Director, commented, “The new government funding has created a high demand for places and we welcome any support to attract new talent into the early years workforce. Our colleagues are pivotal to inspiring a generation of children who, in turn, shape the future of the world, and it is only right that we highlight what a tremendous job they do.”

With many of our nurseries reaching capacity we urge parents to contact their local Happy Days Nursery and secure their place now. 

Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School, Yate, officially opens!

1 mins
Jan 31, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools is thrilled to announce the official opening of their brand new nursery, Yate.

Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School, Yate, Bristol is nestled within the new Ladden Garden Village development. This stunning purpose built nursery has its own designated parent parking for ease of drop off and collection. As with all Happy Days Nurseries, the site provides a secure, calm, and neutral environment with wonderful outside areas which allows children to experiment, explore, enjoy, and ultimately shine! Yate nursery boasts four brand new purpose built nursery rooms fitted out and equipped with all the best resources and furniture, to provide inspiring childcare and education, where every child shines.

Our Nursery Manager, Zoe Seymour has worked in childcare for 17 years and joined Happy Days at the start of January 2024. She said ‘We have free flow curriculum indoor and outdoor for our older children. We take children from 3 months to 5 years of age and would love you to come and meet us!’

After officially opening on January 29th, Yate is actively recruiting for Early Years Practitioners, Nursery Room Leaders and Senior Room Leaders. For anyone interested in joining the Happy Days team, please contact us via: recruitment@happydaysnurseries.com.

Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School, Exeter, are Celebrating 10 Years of Quality Childcare

1 mins
Jan 30, 2024

Happy Days Nursery, Exeter, are excited to be celebrating their ten year anniversary on 23 February 2024. Located on the Peninsula Pary Business Estate, they first opened their doors in 2014 and have been delivering exceptional care and education to the local community and employees of the business park ever since.

To commemorate this magical milestone the nursery are celebrating with a Birthday Tea Party with the children and families on 23 February but are saving their big birthday party for their open day on Saturday 2 March, where they will be opening their doors for the whole community.

To help them celebrate, Happy Days Nursery, Exeter, would love to see as many children, parents and colleagues, past and present, as possible at the open day to share their memories. We’d love to hear and share your thoughts between now and the open day, so please get in touch by emailing marketing@happydaysnurseries.com

We will be sharing our reflections of the past 10 years across social media and the website so keep an eye out for these! 

If you would like more information contact Sophie, Nursery Manager, on 01392 369 741 or email exeter@happydaysnurseries.com

To book a visit of the nursery, click here: https://happydaysnurseries.com/our-nurseries/exeter/