The Benefits Of Boogie Mites

4 mins
Jun 06, 2024

After launching the Boogie Mites programme across our Happy Days Nurseries in December, it’s became increasingly popular among the children and the staff. It support goals underpinned by the ‘Strong and Confident Communicators’ aspect of our unique ‘Where Children Shine’ curriculum.

We want to explain what makes Boogie Mites so special and why it is so popular among our nurseries. Read on to discover all the benefits of this fantastic programme.

What is Boogie Mites

Boogie Mites aims to offer early years educators and parents the knowledge, confidence, and resources to harness the brain-boosting power of music every day, encouraging children to move and develop through music.

Why is Boogie Mites such an important part of the curriculum?

Neuroscience shows that regular music-making develops strong neural connections across the whole brain. Like the foundation of a house, stronger neural connections lead to bigger, better brains and underpin learning. Below are areas supported by Boogie Mites.

Prime Areas:

Personal, social and emotional development

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Music helps children to try new activities. To become more confident to speak in a familiar group talking about their ideas.

Managing feelings and behaviour

Music helps children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. To work as part of a group or class, understand and follow the rules.

Managing feelings and behaviour

Music helps children play co-operatively, taking turns with others.

Communication and language

Listen and Attention

Music encourages children to listen attentively in a range of situations. To listen to stories, anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. To give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding

Music encourages children to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.

Speaking

Music encourages children to express themselves effectively.

Physical development

Moving and handling

Music helps children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. To move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. To handle equipment and tools effectively – such as instruments.

Health and self-care

Music helps children know the importance of good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

Specific Areas:

Literacy

Reading

Music helps children gain phonic knowledge that will contribute to decoding regular words and read them aloud accurately. To recognise rhymes, rhythms and patterns of words. To use expression in storytelling through work with intonation, tempo, dynamics, actions and facial expressions that go with music-making.

Writing

Musical instruments help children develop fine motor skill and manipulation required for writing.

Mathematics

Numbers

Music helps children order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. To use counting on and counting back, shapes and one to one correspondence. Music is built on recurring mathematical patterns and sequences – children can develop mathematical thinking as they respond to this.

Shape, space and measure

Music helps children use everyday language to talk about size, position and to learn special awareness. Music and movement helps children to recognise, create and describe patterns and to explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes.

Understanding the world

People and communities

Music helps children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. To learn about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions – different cultures.

The World

Music provides a learning style through which topics can be explored. It can help children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. To talk about their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. To make observations of animals and plants.

Expressive arts and design

Exploring and using media and materials

Music helps children to sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.

Being imaginative

Music helps children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through music, dance, role-play and stories.

How does it fit in with our ‘Where Children Shine Curriculum’?

Boogie Mites is part of the Strong and Confident Communicator aspect of our curriculum which focuses on supporting children to listen, understand and communicate. This aspect of our curriculum supports children’s ability to listen, understand and communicate, which is crucial for lifelong learning and future success. It is underpinned by Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development, Literacy and Expressive Art & Design.

Every Happy Days Nursery delivers the following programmes to support this aspect of the curriculum:

  • Awe & Wonder Book Club
  • Letters & Sounds
  • Sing & Sign
  • Babbling Babies & Toddler Talk
  • Musical Matters
  • Boogie Mites

In the Boogie Mites School Ready Programme each song has a direct link to Letters and Sounds Phase One. The 25 songs within the programme have been informed by neuroscience and specifically written to capture the imagination of young children. The different genres of upbeat music are used to offer diverse experiences with the fun lyrics and great melodies developing children’s rhythmic and melodic awareness.

This programme recognises the importance that daily music and singing plays in developing strong foundations for early language acquisition and literacy skills, this includes opportunities for sound recognition and phonological and phoneme awareness.

Each Nursery has a Boogie Mites Ambassador who has attended a Boogie Mites School Ready Workshop led by a Boogie Mites Trainer.

For more information on Boogie Mites and other aspects of our curriculum, please feel free to get in touch

We’re no strangers to effective childcare and parenting tips. We are a leading nursery chain operating in the Southwest of England and South of Wales, helping young children prepare for school with purpose-built facilities and a specialist curriculum of learning.

Get in touch if you have any questions by calling 0800 783 3431 or emailing enquiries@happydaysnurseries.com, or use our Find a Nursery tool to see which of our nurseries or preschools is closest to you!

Our Tips on Making Bedtime for Children Less Stressful

3 mins
Jun 04, 2024

When they’re growing up and full of energy, sleeping can often be the last thing your child wants to do at night. Persuading them to get into bed is one thing, but successfully helping them get off to sleep, and then stay asleep, can be a different challenge.

Luckily, we’ve provided some information on sleep along with tried and tested tips that can help your child settle into a nighttime routine, hopefully resulting in more peaceful nights.

The Importance of Sleep for Children

Any parent knows that plenty of sleep is essential for their child, but the specifics of how much and why can often vary.

Why is Sleep Important for Children?

Getting a good amount of sleep helps your child in their mental, physical, social, and emotional development. It is an essential part of growing up and learning, in much the same way as school or play.

How Many Hours Sleep do Children Need?

Unfortunately, there is no magic number to ensure your child rests well every night, and the needs of each child can vary. However, Great Ormond Street Hospital has provided a guide on how much sleep children in specific age categories should get per day, including naps:

  • 4 – 12 Months: 12 – 16 hours
  • 1 – 2 Years: 11 – 14 hours
  • 3 – 5 Years: 10 – 13 hours
  • 6 – 12 Years: 9 – 12 hours

How Bedtime Affects Children Learning

The amount of sleep your child gets can directly affect their learning, as sleep can help stimulate the analysis, understanding, and memorisation of new information.

Being well rested also helps improve their concentration, mood, and behaviour, which will help them learn from their experiences throughout the day, at home or at school.

Five Tips for Better Sleeping Patterns in Your Children

Every child has different needs when it comes to sleeping, and the tactics that work for one child may not be as effective for another. Try some of the following and see what works for you!

1. Time Without Screens – Also a common recommendation for adults, putting phones, tablets, and TV’s off and away a little while before bed can help reduce brain stimulation before it’s time to sleep.

2. Give Them a Bath – Running a bath to help them get ready for bed signals to your child that it’s time to wind down, and the warmth will often have a soothing effect on their emotions.

3. Start Building a Routine – Whether it’s brushing their teeth, getting changed into pyjamas, or running the bath, getting a child into the routine of falling asleep in the same place every day will support their sense of security.

4. Read Age-Appropriate Books – Reading before bed is an excellent tool to stimulate sleep and can also start winding down your child’s emotions and excitement. Relaxing bedtimes stories for children can be found anywhere, so try to find some that relate to your child’s interests.

5. Create a Meditative Atmosphere – There are lots of ways to employ children’s meditation for sleep, such as dimming the lights, playing quiet and relaxing music or white noise, and gently talking to them about soothing subjects. Also consider the colours of a child’s bedroom to ensure that they aren’t over stimulating.

6. Use neutral colours in bedrooms that aren’t over-stimulating; creams and pastel shades are helpful If possible use the same sleeping environment for the child. Getting into the routine of falling asleep in the same place each day will help them to feel more secure Always follow safe sleep practices. Details of the latest information and research is available from the Lullaby Trust

Example Bedtime Routines for 3-Year-Olds

Setting up a strict routine helps your child prepare for bed naturally every single night. By turning off their screens or running a bath at the same time, your child will know what to expect and start unconsciously calming down and preparing for sleep.

Let’s use a three-year old as an example. The recommended bedtime for a 3-year-old is about 19:30, so you may want to start running a bath at about 16:30. This will let them know bedtime is approaching and give them time to start winding down.

When the bath is ready, turn off their screens for the night, dim the lights, and consider playing some gentle music to help them relax. Once out of the bath, get them dressed into their pyjamas and make sure they brush their teeth.

Now they’re ready to be tucked into bed, consider reading them a children’s story appropriate and relevant to them, before letting them rest independently.

Get in Touch for More Information

We’re no strangers to effective childcare and parenting tips. We are a leading nursery chain operating in the Southwest of England and South of Wales, helping young children prepare for school with purpose-built facilities and a specialist curriculum of learning.

We like to support the development of the children in our care both when they’re at nursery, and when they’re at home.

Get in touch if you have any questions by calling 0800 783 3431 or emailing enquiries@happydaysnurseries.com, or use our Find a Nursery tool to see which of our nurseries or preschools is closest to you!

Why You Should Consider a Career in Childcare

3 mins
May 14, 2024

Working in childcare provides a uniquely rewarding experience that resonates far beyond the confines of a traditional job. Shaping young minds and building strong connections, along with ample opportunities for career progression, all make childcare unlike anything you’ve done before.

Read on to find out why you should think about working in the childcare industry with Happy Days Nurseries.

Fulfilling and Rewarding Work

If you’re thinking about a change in career and you like the idea of working with children, there is nothing more impactful and gratifying than childcare. Working in childcare offers a unique opportunity to directly impact young lives and contribute significantly to their development.

You get to help build and nurture important skills in young children, helping them develop into strong learners for school and independent adventurers for life. At Happy Days Nurseries, we’ve witnessed firsthand the immense rewards that come with nurturing and guiding children during their formative years.

Contribute to Early Child Development

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of working in childcare is the opportunity to contribute to early child development. Witnessing the growth and progress of the children under your care, both emotionally and intellectually, is an experience like no other.

As childcare workers, we have the privilege of playing a vital role in shaping the future generation and enjoying our jobs while we do it. Every day working in childcare is improved by the fact that you know you are helping form early memories and making children happy, setting them up for success.

Find Diverse Career Paths and Specialisations

One of the most compelling aspects of a career in childcare is the sheer diversity of available roles. From early childhood education to special needs care and even

administrative positions (including finance, marketing, development, and more!), there’s a path to suit every skill set and passion within the childcare sector. With Happy Days Nurseries, you can explore roles across a range of locations in the Southwest of England and Wales, or at our support centre in Newquay. Plus, with government support available for those entering childcare roles, there’s never been a better time to embark on a fulfilling career journey.

Opportunities for Continuous Learning and Development

The childcare sector offers numerous chances for continuous learning and development, including your practical childcare skills, organisational work, management, and more.

Whether you’re drawn to hands-on interaction with children or prefer a behind-the-scenes role, there are plenty of opportunities for career progression in the field. Many of our staff have been with Happy Days for several years, honing their skills and now operating in management or supervisor roles. You can see the paths they’ve taken on our career pathways page!

Flexible Working Arrangements to Suit You

Flexibility is another key benefit of working in childcare. Whether you’re seeking part-time, full-time, or non-traditional hours, there are options to suit your needs. This flexibility is particularly invaluable for individuals with children of their own, allowing for a better work-life balance and allowing you to work around your busy schedule.

Building Strong Community Connections

Furthermore, a career in childcare enables professionals to build strong connections with members of your community. By forging meaningful relationships with families, childcare workers become integral members of their local area, fostering a sense of belonging and support.

There is a Growing Demand for Childcare Professionals

Today, the demand for childcare professionals is higher than ever. Changes in family structures and work dynamics mean that more parents are seeking reliable childcare options, creating a growing need for qualified individuals in the sector.

High demand for childcare workers results in more career opportunities in the childcare sector, and that means it’s an excellent time to join our growing team. We are always on the lookout for exciting and passionate individuals who are looking to join the sector and help the development of children in the UK. Start your childcare or nursery career journey today by sending your CV and a cover letter to our team, even if you don’t see a role that fits you straight away!

Find Careers in Childcare That Suit You

So, if you’re ready to embark on a career that offers fulfilment, enjoyment, and endless opportunities for growth, look no further than childcare. Visit our careers page today to explore the exciting nursery careers awaiting you at Happy Days Nurseries and join us in making a positive difference in the lives of children and families across the Southwest of England and Wales.

Inspire their future, and your future, with a career in childcare.

Work With Us – Happy Days Nursery Vacancies

3 mins
Apr 18, 2024

It’s never too late for a career change, and Happy Days are always on the hunt for talent! Day nursery jobs are some of the most rewarding and enjoyable jobs on the market, and working for Happy Days can come with a variety of benefits, too!

Read on to find out what working with Happy Days can give you, how we encourage our staff to grow and develop throughout their career with us, and how you can get started!

The benefits of working with Happy Days

A career in Early Years is already a rewarding experience on its own. There are few more fulfilling roles than helping young children develop their social skills, make new friends, and build their understanding of the world around them.

At Happy Days, we help our colleagues SHINE with our company values, benefits package, and support of the health and wellbeing of everyone at our nurseries.

It’s important to us that everyone at Happy Days wants to be fulfilled, feels enriched in their daily lives, and helps those around them achieve success.

Our SHINE values apply to both our staff and the children in our care and mean more to us than simply words on a page. They define the way we operate, setting the self-development and health of those in our nurseries as our top priority.

We also provide our staff with several key benefits as standard, including:

  • A 50% childcare discount
  • Paid Christmas closedown so you can fully enjoy the festive period
  • Personal development and training opportunities
  • Employee assistance and wellbeing tools

Happy Days offers flexibility and an expansive career pathway

There are a huge variety of jobs in nurseries, including those working directly with the children as well as roles supporting the wider operation of the nursery. Whether you are looking to progress your career working with children or in an alternative role, we are always looking for the right people!

We have a passion for the growth and development of our own staff and always try to promote from within whenever possible. We want you to enjoy your time with Happy Days, staying with us to progress your career in the way you want, while achieving your personal goals along the way.

One possible career path within Happy Days is joining as an Early Years Apprentice and reaching the very top as a Nursery Manager, working as a Qualified Nursery Practitioner, Room Supervisor, and Deputy Manager in the process.

Alternatively, Happy Days has a dedicated team of colleagues who support our nurseries with specialist functions, meaning that there are opportunities to join us in roles such as Finance, HR, Operations, Facilities and Mergers, or Developments. Our staff have shared their own career pathways within Happy Days, so see what your journey could look like!

We are always looking for the perfect people

Happy Days Nurseries is a growing community, and we are always on the hunt for new staff to help meet demand. If you think you have the qualities and personality to succeed within our industry, we would love to hear from you!

To be considered for one of our nursery job vacancies, attach your CV and fill out the form on our careers page. If we have a relevant position open, we will be in touch, and if we don’t, we’ll keep your details on record so that you’ll be the first to know when something comes up.

With new locations set to open soon, and plans for many more in the future, it won’t be long before you hear from us.

How to find your local nursery

Not sure where your closest Happy Days nursery is, or whether you will be able to work for us? Our nursery locator tool can help find the closest nursery to your home!

We are primarily based in the southwest of England and the south of Wales but hope to expand across the country in the future. We opened our first nursery in 1991, and now have more than 20 sites across these areas, so rest assured there’ll be a Happy Days location by you soon!

We also have plenty of non-childcare roles that are either fully remote or based at our support centre in Cornwall, so you can enjoy the benefits of working for Happy Days without needing to be nearby!

Get in touch to start your career journey with Happy Days today

Looking to make a start in a new field or progress your childcare career? Get in touch, we would absolutely love to hear from you. Fill out the application form on our website to select your preferred role and location and leave us your CV – we’ll make sure to contact you should something suitable be available.

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.

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.

We also have a comprehensive guide filled with helpful tips to make bedtime less stressful.

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!

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!

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 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.