Happy Days Nursery, Verwood is Nearing Completion & Open Event Invitation!

1 mins
Mar 21, 2024

We’re thrilled to share a progress update on Happy Days Nursery, Verwood! Things are coming along beautifully, and we’re getting closer to opening our doors in August 2024.

From the outside, the nursery is already looking inviting. The facade is finished, and the tarmac leading up to the entrance is complete, along with designated parking bays. We’ve even added some lovely flowers for a vibrant touch when they mature!

Step inside, and you’ll find the welcoming atmosphere continues. The carpeting is installed, doors are fitted, and all the rooms are calmy painted – a perfect space for your child to learn, play and thrive.

Our spacious kitchen, where we’ll prepare nutritious meals for the children, is also fully equipped and ready to go.

Lastly, the outdoor play area is nearly complete! The garden is laid out, creating an exciting space where your child can explore and discover.

We’re so excited to see Happy Days Nursery come together and can’t wait to welcome your children in August.

Save the Date!

To give you a chance to see our wonderful new nursery first hand, we’re hosting an Open Event on Thursday, April 18th, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This is a fantastic opportunity to tour the nursery, meet our team, and learn more about our curriculum and vision. We will also be available to address any questions you may have concerning early years funding and other government childcare support.

We hope to see you there! Don’t forget to ask about our introductory fees offer!

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 0800 783 3431 or verwood@happydaysnurseries.com.

Happy Days Nursery Cheswick Village Celebrates Outstanding Ofsted Judgement!

1 mins
Mar 15, 2024

Happy Days Nursery Cheswick Village, Bristol, is thrilled to announce it has been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ judgement following a recent inspection by Ofsted, the education and care watchdog for England. This is a significant upgrade from their previous judgement of ‘Good’.

The report praises the nursery’s “inspirational managers” who have a “clear vision for their broad and highly ambitious curriculum.” Inspectors were impressed by how this curriculum is “thoroughly understood by staff and is delivered extremely well across the nursery,” ensuring children benefit from a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities.

The report highlights the nurturing environment at Happy Days Nursery Cheswick Village, where children “share strong attachments to their key person” and feel “safe and emotionally secure.”  Inspectors observed children “joining in activities excitedly” and experimenting with learning through play, demonstrating their “exemplary” behaviour and ability to “share fairly, wait their turn and speak to each other respectfully.”

“We are incredibly proud of this achievement,” said Lily Lovegrove, Manager at Happy Days Nursery Cheswick Village. “Our entire team is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and education for our children, and this ‘Outstanding’ judgement is a testament to their hard work and commitment.”

Fiona Blackwell, Operations Director at Happy Days said, “We are committed to providing an exceptional learning environment where every child feels happy, safe, and challenged.  This ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement is a fantastic accomplishment for our entire team, and we look forward to continuing to provide the very best for our children and their families.”

The nursery has a limited number of places available, and parents are encouraged to contact the nursery as soon as possible to secure their place. Contact Lily Lovegrove on 01179 798 953 or email enquiries@happydaysnurseries.com.

Happy Days Nursery in Weston-super-Mare Celebrates GOOD Ofsted Inspection!

1 mins
Mar 12, 2024

Happy Days Nursery in Weston-super-Mare, situated in the heart of Winterstoke Village, is celebrating having recently received a GOOD grading from Ofsted.

Opened in August 2018, the nursery has formed very special relationships with their families and the community they serve.

The Ofsted report highlights that ‘Children are interested and excited to learn in an inviting environment. The curriculum is well designed to provide children with a broad range of experiences. Toddlers thoroughly enjoy sharing books together, gaining good listening and attention skills. Staff engage children well helping them to predict what might happen and to recall what they know about farm animals.’

Furthermore, the report acknowledged that ‘The management team have a good overview of the nursery and strive to improve the quality of the provision, there are regular opportunities for staff to develop their professional skills through training, supervision meetings and professional discussions and there is a well understood and implemented curriculum. This helps children to make good progress in all areas of their learning in readiness to start school.’

Bev, Acting Nursery Manager for Weston-super-Mare stated, “I am extremely proud of the staff team who are dedicated to provide exceptional care and education for children and families within the local community.’’

Fiona Blackwell, Operations Director, stated, “We are extremely proud of Bev and her team who have worked very hard to achieve this outcome. I am delighted that the inspectors recognised that  ‘children behave well and receive effective support from staff to manage their emotions and to understand behavioural expectations and that there is good support for those children with special educational needs and/or disabilities’. This demonstrated the teams commitment to support children to become strong and motivated learners for life ”

The nursery has a limited number of places available and parents are encouraged to contact the nursery as soon as possible to secure their place. Contact Bev on 01934 420 343 or email enquiries@happydaysnurseries.com

It’s Time March Open Day 2024

2 mins
Feb 06, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries are looking forward to welcoming families into their nurseries for their first open day of 2024! On 2 March 2024 between 10:00 – 13:00 all sites will be opening their doors to new and existing parents, friends, family and the local community to enjoy lots of fun activities for all ages!

With British Science Week just around the corner, the open day will include a host of science, technology, engineering and maths activities around the theme of ‘Time’. It is the 30th Anniversary of British Science Week and they are celebrating this milestone thinking about time since the week began and looking to the future!

It is also the perfect time for any new parents looking to secure a place for April 2024, to come and view their nurseries and learn more about the new government funded hours for working parents with children aged 2. Their friendly colleagues will be on hand to answer any questions about funding from how to access it, to the impact on fees. There will also be a special offer for any new parent that enrols on the day!

Happy Days open days are also the perfect opportunity for existing parents to come into nursery and spend time with their children in the nursery environment and chat to the nursery team. Existing families are being encouraged to bring their friends and family to enjoy the day with them.

The first open day of 2024 also provides an opportunity for Happy Days to raise money for their chosen charity, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). This wonderful charity has been caring for children with life-threatening conditions for over 30 years, by providing children’s hospice and professional family support services. They are dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives through the provision of the best possible hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. The care offered at each of their three hospices is not just about medical and nursing support for sick children but enriching lives of the children and their whole family.

Fiona Blackwell, Operations Director, said, “Not only will our March Open Day provide the perfect opportunity to cement our partnership with parents, as well as giving new parents and the local community the opportunity to visit their local Happy Days Nursery to see for themselves how their child will SHINE in our care, but it also allows us to raise vital funds for CHSW, a charity close to all our hearts.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone into our nurseries and I want to thank all of our colleagues who are giving up their weekend to make this event a special occasion for all.”

For more details on the activities taking place at your local Happy Days Nursery, visit our Open Day event page.

Anyone interested in attending an open day can just turn up at their local Happy Days Nursery on 2 March between 10:00 – 13:00.

Happy Days Nursery Salisbury Celebrates 1st Birthday!

1 mins
Jan 25, 2024

Happy Days Nursery and Pre-School, Longhedge is celebrating a significant milestone as it commemorates its first year of operation. The occasion was marked with a cheerful event attended by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Councillor Atiqul Hoque, existing parents, new parents, representatives from the Local Authority and Uplands building contractors, creating an atmosphere of celebration and community spirit.

The event had a theme of celebrating the growth of the nursery, which had completed its first year of operation. Guests were invited to tour the nursery, and Mayor Atiqul Hoque was among them. The mayor praised the nursery team for their dedication and hard work in providing a nurturing environment for the children.

Existing parents, some of whom have been with the nursery since it opened in January 2023, shared their positive experiences. One parent, expressed, “Happy Days Nursery has truly become a second home for our child. The caring staff and engaging curriculum activities have made a significant impact on our child’s development.”

New parents, eager to be a part of the Happy Days family, were welcomed to the event too. They had the opportunity to tour the purpose-built nursery, meet the practitioners, and learn more about the nursery’s mission, vision, and approach to early childhood education.

The event concluded with a heartfelt thank you from the nursery’s manager, Julia Gale, who expressed gratitude for the support received from both the Salisbury community and local authority. Julia said, “We are thrilled to have completed our first year, and we look forward to many more years of fostering a love for learning and providing a safe and nurturing environment for the children of Salisbury.”

The birthday celebration of Happy Days Nursery was not only a significant achievement for the nursery but also a proof of the strong sense of community that has developed among parents, early years practitioners, and Local Authority. As Happy Days Nursery enters its second year at Longhedge, the team looks forward to pursuing its mission of nurturing every child to become a lifelong learner and to enable their future success.

What to Pack for Day Nursery

3 mins
Oct 01, 2023

Your child’s first day of nursery is a wild mix of emotions. Pride, joy, anxiety, hope, and more: there’s so much to look forward to, but it’s only natural that there are some nerves to deal with as well.

You want to make sure they have the best day possible while also being worry-free yourself! As such, you might be wondering what they need to have packed to make the day the best it can be.

Read on to find out the essential items your child needs on their first day of nursery!

Don’t Forget Extra Clothing

Every parent wants their child’s first day to be exciting, so make sure you are as prepared as possible and send your child to nursery with all the clothing they could possibly need!

Sufficient and spare clothes
Nursery is a time for learning, exploration, and social activities, which means it can quite often get a little messy. On the first day, and every day afterward, please ensure your child has enough clothes to last the day, which includes a full outfit and a spare of everything.

This will guarantee that your child is happy and comfortable for the entire day, even if they get involved in some messy activities and need to change! It will also help keep them clean and hygienic in the event of inevitable “accidents”. 

Any clothes you send with your child should be clearly labelled with their full name so that we are able to easily identify and return misplaced or lost items by the end of the day. 

Also, if your child is not yet toilet trained, we ask that you please provide our staff with enough nappies to last the full day. 

Seasonal requirements
Don’t forget all the equipment your child might need depending on when they are starting! We have indoor and outdoor play areas in all weathers, so it is key that your child is safe and prepared for all situations.

In the summer, we ask that your child has a sunhat to help keep them safe in the sun. You may choose if you wish to give them sunglasses, though it is not essential. We provide suncream, but you can supply your own if you prefer.

In the winter, please ensure your child has a pair of wellies or other suitable footwear, warm socks, gloves, and outdoor clothing such as jacket, scarf and hat to allow them the opportunity to enjoy all outside learning areas.

You may want to bring a spare bag when you come to collect your child so you can keep any dirty clothes separate from the clean ones when it is time to leave!

Remember the Other Essentials 

Clothing will help keep your child safe and comfortable throughout the day, but everything else will help to make their experience the best it can be! Here are a few things to consider that you may need to put in their bag.

Baby formula and food
Please ensure your child has enough food to comfortably get through the day as we do not provide formula milk on site!

You should supply your child’s formula or breast milk in clearly labelled bottles with your child’s full name. 

Parents are requested not to bring into Nursery food from home with the exception of infant milk/powder/breast milk; this ensures that all children with allergies and intolerances are kept safe at all times.

Special comfort toys 
Sometimes your child has a very strong attachment to a particular toy or comforting device which may help them feel more secure. If this is the case, we urge you to keep the toy labelled if you can so our staff can give it back to your child if they lose it but be aware that the nursery cannot claim responsibility for any lost or damaged items.

Still got questions? Find FAQs page on our website!

Get in touch with Happy Days Nurseries for more information

Do you have questions on anything else you may want to prepare ahead of your child’s first day at Happy Days day nursery, or looking to find out more about the way we operate? Get in touch with our team today!

Call our team on 0800 783 3431 or email enquiries@happydaysnurseries.com and ask away – we are always happy to help!

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools Sponsor the CHSW Rainbow Run for the 5th Year Running!

1 mins
Apr 27, 2023

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools are delighted to once again be the yellow paint station sponsors for the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) Rainbow Run on 17th June 2023.

The CHSW Rainbow Run is Cornwall’s most colourful, family-friendly 5k this summer and raises funds to provide vital care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. These fund raising efforts make a big difference and help brighten families’ lives in their darkest times.

The Rainbow Run, Cornwall is open to anyone over the age of 5. 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 7 different coloured stations and you will be making a difference every step of the way. 

Happy Days will once again be throwing yellow paint at runners as well as having a presence in the Events Village where you will be able to have your face painted, with all proceeds going to CHSW. This is a great family, fun filled day out!

Karen D’Aguilar, Head of Sales and Marketing, stated, “This will be my second year participating in the Rainbow Run and it is a thoroughly enjoyable event. This year we had the opportunity to visit Little Harbour Hospice for the launch of the event and it was a privilege to have a tour of the facilities and learn more about the care they offer. It has made us even more determined to raise vital funds for this fantastic charity. The attention to detail that has been given to the design of this hospice is outstanding and they truly provide a wonderful service to families in the local area. We aim to raise as much as possible this year, not just from this event but with fundraising activities throughout the year”

In addition to this sponsorship, Happy Days Nursery, Treloweth are entering a team to run the 5k. Jo Lawrence, Nursery Manager, said, “This is a great team building exercise and we are looking forward to an action packed, fun day, all whilst raising money for this worthy cause.”

If you would like to make a donation a fundraising page has been set up; visit the Just Giving page here or by scanning the QR code below. 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: https://www.chsw.org.uk/event/rainbow-run-cornwall-2023 

And the winner of the Happy Days Nurseries Veganuary Competition is…

2 mins
Mar 29, 2023

Back in January as part of Veganuary, Happy Days Nursery Group launched a fun competition for all colleagues. After much deliberation, Rob and Graham from The Cornish Vegan, in Truro selected Alan, the chef at Happy Days Cheswick, as the overall winner with his Veganuary Nacho Lasagne.

Graham, co-owner of The Cornish Vegan said, “All the entries have been impressive, and making a decision has been difficult. We were impressed by the amount of vegetables and the novel twist on the lasagne. In fact, we intend to try it ourselves as it looks so appetising!”

Well done Alan! And again, thank you to both Rob and Graham from The Cornish Vegan for judging this competition.

Happy Days nursery group understands the importance of ensuring their children enjoy a balanced diet that is nutritious and delicious as well as free from allergens and is always looking at ways to promote healthy eating habits with their staff, children and their families.

We all know that we need a healthy balance of fruit and veg in our diets, and for our growing children it’s really important. At nursery our children eat alongside their friends and their room staff. The older children get involved in laying the table as part of their steps to independence and we make it quite a social event. They are always encouraged to try something new, as they often change their minds once they’ve had a little taste.”

Want to try Alan’s winning recipe? Please see below…

Veganuary Nacho Lasagne

Ragu Ingredients

50ml Vegetable oil
250gm Onions (peeled & finely chopped)
250gm Carrots (peeled & finely chopped)
4 cloves Garlic (peeled & finely chopped)
5 sticks Celery (washes & finely chopped)
250gm Leeks (trimmed, washed & finely chopped)
250gm Butternut squash (peeled, deseeded & finely chopped)
1 TBSP Mixed herbs
100gm Green lentils
3 vegan stock cubes
100gm Tomato puree
1.2kg Chopped tomatoes (tinned)
1 litre Passata
1 TSP Black pepper

White sauce Ingredients

100gm Vegan spread
100gm Plain flour
1 litre Pea milk
2 TBSP’s Dijon mustard

Additional Ingredients

200gm Vegan grated cheese (cheddar style)
Pinch ground Nutmeg
300gm Plain/lightly salted tortilla chips
20 Dough balls,
25gm Grated Prosociano (vegan style parmesan)
1kg Blanched cauliflower & broccoli florets

Ragu Method

Heat the oil with the onion, carrot, garlic, celery, butternut squash, leeks & mixed herbs
Cook slowly until just starting to colour
Crush the stock cubes and add to the pan & mix together
Stir in the lentils & tomato puree
Add the chopped tomatoes, passata & pepper, then use 150ml of water to swill the tins and passata packets into the pan
Bring the pan to a simmer then reduce the heat, cook for approx. 15-20 minutes ensuring fully cooked
Check consistency and taste

White sauce method

Melt the vegan spread in a pan then add flour,
Mix beating rapidly to form the roux, stir-in the mustard
Add all the Pea milk a little at a time, beating together well until a smooth sauce is obtained
Reduce the heat and cook for approx. 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

Nacho-Lasagne Method

Take a large baking tray/dish (approx. 40cm x 30cm x 5cm)
Add 1/3rd ragu then layer 1/3rd corn chips over the top
Repeat this twice more then pour and cover with sauce
Sprinkle the grated cheese over the whole dish
Shake the nutmeg over evenly and place into a hot oven and bake for 35-45 minutes until 0ver 75°c and nicely gratinated
Cool slightly and cut though 20 portions
To serve accompany with Baked dough balls, grated prosociano and blanched cauliflower & broccoli florets