Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools expands its portfolio with the acquisition of the Yew Tree Nursery in Yeovil

1 mins
Nov 29, 2023

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools is delighted to have been given the opportunity to expand its portfolio further with the acquisition of The Yew Tree Nursery & Pre-School, Yeovil. This is the second setting in Somerset and demonstrates its desire to grow in the South West of England as part of its ambitious expansion plans.

The Yew Tree Nursery & Pre-School is located in a beautiful and historic building, providing care for children from 3 months to 5 years old, as well as offering After School Care and Holiday Clubs for children at school ages. The nursery offers safe and secure provision in dedicated spaces, providing opportunities for children to explore, investigate and develop their creativity within a caring and stimulating learning environment.

Kim Herbert, Managing Director for Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools stated, “We are thrilled to be growing our portfolio again with the acquisition of this fantastic nursery whose ethos of nurturing children in a warm, friendly environment aligns with our own and we are looking forward to building on this. The staff team at the Yew Tree Nursery will remain in place and we look forward to working with them to support children to become strong and motivated learners for life and provide a top class service to enable parents to work and live their daily lives knowing their children are cherished and cared for to the highest standard.”

Heidi McCarthy, outgoing owner of the Yew Tree Nursery said; “I am very impressed with Happy Days professionalism and their commitment in providing the best nursery experience for all children. I am very pleased that Yew Tree Nursery is now part of Happy Day`s family.”

Fiona Blackwell, Operations Director, added, “The Yew Tree Nursery is the perfect fit for us, and we look forward to welcoming our new colleagues and families into the Happy Days Group.”

The sale was brokered by Redwoods Dowling Kerr. Jenna Caldwell, Director of Childcare & Education for Redwoods Dowling Kerr, commented “It was a pleasure to assist both Heidi and Happy Days with the sale of Yew Tree Nursery and we wish Happy Days all of the best with their latest acquisition”.

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools has now increased its total number of settings to 22, with more new nurseries in the pipeline. Anyone interested in selling their business, or a developer looking for a nursery provider to partner with, should contact

Kevin Higgs: kevin.higgs@happydaysnurseries.com;

Kim Herbert kim.herbert@happydaysnureries.com or

Marcia Viccars marcia.viccars@happydaysnurseries.com

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools welcome the Mayor of Droitwich Spa, Councillor Kate Fellows, to officially open their nursery in Droitwich

1 mins
Oct 11, 2023

On Thursday 5 October, Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Droitwich Spa, Councillor Kate Fellows, to officially open their nursery in Droitwich. The Mayor was joined by members of the Happy Days Senior Team along with parents, colleagues and a resident and colleagues from Woodland View Care Home.

Guests received a tour of the nursery and were treated to a Happy Days cake and cupcakes made by the nursery chef, Dawn Evans.

The nursery was then officially declared open but the Mayor of Droitwich who cut the ribbon with assistance from some of the children and Sheila, a resident at Woodland View Care Home.

Mark Beadle, Chairman for Happy Days stated, “I would like to congratulate Happy Days Nursery, and it is a pleasure to be here. It is wonderful to see this building transform. It is so lovely to see the vacant space turn out how it has. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in making this possible.”

Mayor, Councillor Kate Fellows commented; “The nursery is just wonderful, and it is a pleasure to be here today meeting the team and parents. From the soft flooring to the garden furniture, I am so impressed – the environments are beautiful. I am excited to see this nursery flourish, and huge congratulations to Happy Days.”

Manger, Ashley Webb, welcomed everyone to the nursery and stated “This is an exciting opportunity for staff and children to experience a purpose built nursery with stimulating resources and a unique curriculum offering the children the opportunity to develop to their full potential”

Nestled in the heart of Yew Tree Village, the nursery is a welcome addition to the local community and has already formed partnership with local businesses, including Woodland View Care Home and the local dessert shop, Droitwich Desserts.

The team at Happy Days Droitwich look forward to welcoming more families into the nursery as they continue to grow.

Click here for more information or to book a tour.

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools brings everyone together with their Friends & Family Open Day

1 mins
Sep 05, 2023

Happy Days Nurseries are delighted to be hosting community events at their nurseries across the South West in recognition of Friendship Month. 

We all rely on our friends and family in one way or another, helping us feel emotionally happy and socially fulfilled. Friendship Month is all about highlighting the importance of what friends mean and celebrating what friendship brings to all our lives every day! 

Happy Days are therefore taking this opportunity to hold their Autumn open day on Saturday 30 September, inviting parents and the community to bring along their friends and family to enjoy a fun filled morning.  

Along with fun and interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy, there will be the opportunity to meet and chat with the nursery teams, have a tour of the fantastic facilities and have a family portrait taken, just in time for Christmas! 

Everyone is welcome, no need to book, just turn up! 

Children stand outside with nursery staff admiring the views

5 Key Things to Look For in Nurseries and Pre-Schools

3 mins
Sep 01, 2023

As a parent, you are always trying to make the right choices for your children. One of the hardest choices to make, and one that could shape their educational journey, is deciding which nurseries or pre-schools to send them to. 

You want them to have the best experience possible, from a social and educational standpoint. If you’re looking to send your child to day nursery but you’re not sure where to start, here are some things to look out for when making your decision!

1. Positive Staff Interactions

When visiting a nursery or pre-school for the first time, you should pay attention to how the staff interact with you and your child and the other children who are there at the time. 

Nursery staff members should always be friendly, patient, and helpful to you and the children in their care, and they should adopt a teaching style that reflects those ideals. The children should have their needs carefully considered in any kind of structured learning environment, with clear support and encouragement. 

There should be a positive atmosphere and energy within the nursery, with laughter and happiness key to it all. 

Every child is unique and benefits from certain activities or teaching strategies more than others, which is why every Happy Days nursery school holds ‘settling in sessions’ for both parents and children.

This ensures that you get to meet the team at your local Happy Days nursery, understand how they work, and find out how your child will learn and play with us.

It also helps us understand your child’s needs, likes, and dislikes, while giving us the opportunity to work through several crucial security measures to ensure your child’s safety and your piece of mind.  

2. A Strong and Relevant Curriculum

Nurseries and pre-schools are a time for your child to learn the essentials and get ahead before attending school for the very first time. 

You want to ensure that they not only enjoy their time at nursery and pre-school, but they are also developing the earliest stages of key skills that will help them learn, communicate, and make friends right from their first day. 

We have a broad and balanced curriculum aptly named “Where Children Shine”, which focuses on the four fundamental skills we help to develop:

  • Strong and Confident Communicator
  • Inquisitive and Ambitious Thinker
  • Healthy and Independent Explorer
  • Resilient and Motivated Individual

No matter which Happy Days nursery your child attends, they will embark upon a specially crafted programme designed to help prepare them for school in the most effective way possible. 

3. Relevant Accreditations and Experience

Sometimes the deciding factor when choosing between nurseries is the amount of experience a particular nursery has. In that case, a trusted group or long-standing nursery may be your eventual choice. 

Happy Days nurseries has existed for more than 30 years, opening its first branch in Newquay, Cornwall, in 1991, and since expanding to more than 20 locations across England – and we’re not done there!

In 2022, Happy Days won a Top 20 nurseries award from Day Nurseries, reflecting our commitment and drive to be the best in the business.  

4. Useful and Functional Facilities

The facilities, furniture, and apparatus within a nursery should be both safe and useable by the children who play there. They should get fulfilment out of using the facilities that are available and be able to have a fun, varied experience throughout the day.

All the furniture at Happy Days nurseries are low-level to foster and encourage independence, and have been carefully researched and tested by our team to ensure that they are fit for purpose.

We also decorate all our nurseries to be neutral, to ensure that your child is fully focused on playing, learning, and their friends rather than being distracted by bright colours. 

5. Clean and Tidy Play and Learning Spaces

While it is natural for children to be messy players, a tidy space is a safe space, and encourages children to take responsibility for the things they are using. 

A nursery will never have every toy safely tucked away while the children are playing, but we ensure our nurseries have plenty of storage on site and that they are spotless every single morning. 

We also guarantee that every child will have access to the toys and learning materials they want, without hiding anything away. 

Get in touch with us today


Thinking of enrolling your child with Happy Days or thinking of visiting one of our nurseries for yourself? Reach out to our friendly team today to find out more or fill out an enrolment form today!

You can call us on 0800 783 3431 or email enquiries@happydaysnurseries.com and one of our staff will be in touch as soon as possible. 

Happy Days Work in Partnership with 1st Waste Management!

1 mins
Jul 11, 2023

We are delighted to be working with 1st Waste Management to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offsetting!

At Happy Days, we pride ourselves in making conscious efforts to promote sustainability within our nurseries and beyond, implementing activities such as recycling, the Eco-Schools Programme, and reducing waste.

This year we are working in partnership with 1st Waste to minimise our contributions to landfill and to calculate the carbon created from our generated waste and recycling, alongside our offsetting activities such as tree planting and wind turbine energy projects. Between March 2023 and March 2024, we will aim to reduce our emissions by 200.46 tonnes by balancing our greenhouse gas emissions associated with our waste services through changes to our internal practices and carbon offsetting.

Through this scheme, we are already seeing a remarkable difference; we were able to reduce landfill to 0.086 tonnes out of 10.230 tonnes in April alone! Jemma Fernley, our Facilities Assistant, shares her enthusiasm for this new initiative, “We are making some really good progress with our waste disposal and hope to improve our internal processes to further reduce our contribution to landfill sites.”

1st Waste Management kindly sent a certificate in celebration to confirm this offset. We are excited to be continuing this partnership and to continue our efforts in conserving the environment.  

To find out more, click here: https://www.1stwaste.co.uk/about-1stwaste-management.php 

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools help Emily on her way to Kenya to help build a playground

1 mins
Jun 23, 2023

Happy Days are delighted to be sponsoring Emily Lewis, Nursery Practitioner at Happy Days, Cheswick, to help her on her way to Kenya to build one of the FIRST Play Action International Playgrounds.

Play Action International are a play-based charity that is passionate about giving all children the chance to play. They go out to Uganda and now expanding into Kenya with a group of volunteers to build playgrounds, transforming their empty field into one that is bursting with colour and fun, and in the meantime leaving a legacy for children to learn and develop those essential life skills and nurturing their physical, psychological and social development through what children know best… Play!  

After previously volunteering with them last August in Uganda, Emily has been given the chance to go out with them to Kenya and build a Play Action International playgrounds but needs to raise £1,350 to be able to do this. Happy Days were more than happy to donate to help Emily achieve her target.

Emily said, “After my previous experience, I haven’t stopped thinking about how incredible the experience was and haven’t stopped saying to my colleagues at Happy Days how much I would love to go back and do this again. Play is something I am so passionate about after my studies at university and my experiences at Happy Days and I want to be able to provide this knowledge to everyone around me! Play is such an amazing thing, the happiness it can bring to children’s faces and the learning that comes from a child’s play is so unexpected sometimes! I am so passionate about giving every child the opportunity to play, so this is why I am working with Play Action International again to make this happen!”

Jackie Cambridge, Head of Quality, commented, “Play influences the way a child’s brain develops and it is therefore fundamental that we recognise the importance of providing high quality play environments and experiences which nurture a child’s learning and development. Play enables children to explore and discover the world around them. During play children practise new skills as well as learning about themselves and those around them. The positive effects of play are far reaching, all children have the right to play!”

We wish Emily all the best and can’t wait to see the photos from her amazing trip!

Anyone wishing to donate can visit Emily’s Just Giving page:  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emilyinkenya

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools invite you to join them for a Summer of Fun!

1 mins
Jun 22, 2023

Happy Days are calling on students, teachers and anyone else who has spare time on their hands during the summer months, to join them and spend the summer in one of their local nurseries, having the best time with the children.

Whether you love working outside in the garden or woodland areas, are excited by STEM, or want to pass on your drama skills by reading and performing stories with the children; there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Their nurseries are opening their doors this summer to support anyone interested in a career in childcare to develop their skills and learn more about the opportunities available in a caring and fun environment.

Even if you’re not looking for a career in childcare but have a passion for caring for children and want to earn an income over the summer, then there are positions available for you.

Working in childcare empowers you to inspire a generation of children, who in turn will shape the future of the world. Where else can you becoming a train, a doctor, an astronaut, a tiger, and a gardener all in one day?

So, if you want to have a Summer of Fun with the children and earn a wage at the same time, get in touch today – we have seasonal vacancies across the South West – why not spend your summer in sunny Cornwall or vibrant Bristol?

Come and inspire their future and inspire your future, with a summer job in childcare.

Email: recruitment@happydaysnurseries.com for more information

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools prepare for another Summer of Fun!

1 mins
Jun 01, 2023

It’s back! Bigger and better than before! 

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools are delighted to once again be running their Summer of Fun campaign, following the success of last year. So dust off your sun hat, dig out the sun cream and prepare for an awesome Summer of Fun!

Happy Days Summer of Fun campaign consists of a host of activities for children, families and colleagues – bringing communities together so that everyone, no matter what their age, can enjoy a Summer of Fun with their local Happy Days nursery.

A major highlight of the campaign are the Happy Days Let’s Get Active Open Days being held on 24th June and 1st July – celebrating School Sports Week with a host of sporty activities for the whole family to enjoy. Everyone who attends will be able to enter a Free Prize Draw to be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of family sports equipment. Head on over to Let’s Get Active (happydaysnurseries.com).

Happy Days are once again proud to be supporting their local charity, Children’s Hospice South West, sponsoring the Rainbow Run Cornwall on 17 June and raising money for this exceptional charity during their Let’s Get Active Open Days.

Are you ready for a Summer of Fun? Then keep a look out on social media and the Happy Days website for more details of the activities planned.

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools expand into Wales with the acquisition of The Hollies Daycare Nursery, Cardiff.

2 mins
May 12, 2023

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools is delighted to have been given the opportunity to expand its portfolio further with the acquisition of The Hollies Daycare Nursery, Cardiff. This is the first setting in Wales and demonstrates its desire to move into new areas outside South West England as part of its ambitious expansion plans.

The Hollies Daycare Nursery was established in March 2002 and quickly gained an excellent reputation for providing first class quality of care for children from 6 weeks to 8 years in the Canton area of Cardiff. The Hollies now accommodates 148 children providing them with exciting learning opportunities and stimulating play experiences.

Kim Herbert, Managing Director for Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools stated, “As soon as we met Lisa Cronk and David Hutchings and viewed their fantastic nursery we knew this was a setting we wanted to be associated with. Their values and beliefs of providing children with the very best care and education align with our own and we are looking forward to building on this. The staff team at The Hollies will remain in place and we look forward to working with them to support children to become strong and motivated learners for life and provide a top class service to enable parents to work and live their daily lives knowing their children are cherished and cared for to the highest standard. 

Lisa Cronk and David Hutchings, outgoing owners of The Hollies Daycare Nursery said: “From our initial contact onwards, we have been impressed with the Happy Days ethos and approach to providing first class day-care provision. We move on, safe in the knowledge that Happy Days will continue to provide a quality focussed, nurturing and caring environment for our children.”

Kevin Higgs, Development Director for Happy Days Nurseries, said, “This is an exciting acquisition for us, following on from our expansion into Worcestershire with our new Droitwich nursery, we are now venturing into Wales, enabling us to provide inspiring childcare and education to more families across the UK.”

Fiona Blackwell, Operations Director, added, “The Hollies is the perfect fit for us and we look forward to welcoming our new colleagues and families into the Happy Days Group.”

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools has now increased their total number of settings to 21, with more new nurseries in the pipeline. Anyone interested in selling their business, or a developer looking for a nursery provider to partner with, should contact

Kevin Higgs: kevin.higgs@happydaysnurseries.com;
Kim Herbert kim.herbert@happydaysnureries.com
Marcia Viccars marcia.viccars@happydaysnurseries.com

For more information on Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools visit www.happydaysnurseries.com  

For more information on The Hollies Daycare Nursery, Cardiff, visit https://www.holliesnursery.co.uk/ 

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools expands with the opening of two new nurseries in 2023!

2 mins
Apr 03, 2023

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools is delighted to be expanding its portfolio with the opening of two new nurseries in the late summer/autumn.

Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School, Charlton Heights, Bristol and Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School, Droitwich are both brand new purpose built nurseries, and are currently being fitted out and equipped with resources and furniture, to provide inspiring childcare and education, where every child shines.

Expanding its offering in the Bristol area, Happy Days, Charlton Heights is conveniently located five minutes from its Outstanding nursery in Bradley Stoke where the current demand for places cannot be met. With all its nurseries in the Bristol area holding extensive waiting lists, priority for places at Charlton Heights will be given to those parents currently registered, and parents are encouraged to sign-up for a place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The Charlton Heights nursery boasts three large airy rooms, with floor to ceiling windows and access to a large outdoor area, allowing free flow for children of all ages. Each room has been reconfigured by the Happy Days development team along with its experienced Childcare & Education team choosing the best resources to deliver its unique curriculum, providing opportunities for children to learn, explore and discover, whilst attending Happy Days Nursery, Charlton Heights.

Fiona Blackwell, Operations Director, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer more quality childcare to an area where nursery places are in high demand. Our new Charlton Heights nursery will enable more children to access a Happy Days nursery, ensuring all children have the best possible start in life, enabling them to reach their full potential to become strong and motivated learners for life.”

Happy Days Nursery, Droitwich, is the first Happy Days Nursery in this area and demonstrates the desire to expand its operation to a wider market to provide innovative care and education to more children. Located in Yew Tree Village, a new residential housing development approximately 3 miles south of Droitwich Spa, this new nursery is close to the A38 with convenient links to Worcester and the M5.

The Droitwich nursery, with four inviting rooms, set over two floors, a large garden and designated parking onsite for easy drop off and collection, is perfect for the local community and commuters alike.

Kim Herbert, Managing Director, stated, “It’s an exciting period of growth for Happy Days, and we are delighted to share that following our investment by Zetland Capital we now enter into our next phase of expansion into new and existing areas. We are delighted to have secured these new nurseries at such an early stage which allows us to use our experience of developing new settings that are designed and equipped to provide the Happy Days unique offering, where every child shines.”

Both nurseries are actively recruiting for Early Years Practitioners, Senior Team Members, chefs and administrators and anyone interested should contact the recruitment team: recruitment@happydaysnurseries.com.