Over 97% Of Candidates Recommend The Happy Days Recruitment Process

1 mins
Jul 10, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools are thrilled with the latest feedback from applicants.

At the end of the Happy Days recruitment process the recruitment team send out an optional survey, in order to gather feedback on the hiring process. Questions such as ‘Overall, how satisfied were you with the recruitment/application process to hire you?’ and ‘If you can change something about the recruiting process, what would it be?’

100% of applicants were ‘Very Satisfied’ with the recruitment process. Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools also asked ‘If you can change something about the recruiting process, what would it be?’. One applicant spoke ‘”I wouldn’t wish to change anything, the staff were very welcoming.”‘ and another said ‘”Nothing at all”‘.

When questioned, ‘How likely are you to recommend our company to a friend or colleague?’, 9.75/10 was the average rating Happy Days received.

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools Recruitment Manager John spoke ”For candidates, applying for jobs can be a daunting experience, which is why at Happy Days we really commit to giving people the best of us, when they are giving us the best of them during the hiring process. Feedback as positive as that we receive in our applicant feedback questionnaires reflects this commitment and we are delighted with the satisfaction levels and proud that so many colleagues joining us would recommend their friends to do the same” 

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.

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.

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools Expands Its Portfolio With New Acquisitions

3 mins
Jul 09, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools expands its portfolio with the acquisition of Toddletown and Mulberry Corner Day Nursery.

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools is delighted to have been given the opportunity to expand its portfolio further with the acquisition of Toddletown and Mulberry Corner. Toddletown consists of two nurseries located in Godalming and Farnham, with Mulberry Corner located in Chandlers Ford. This represents a strategic acquisition as all of these areas are new to Happy Days and demonstrates its desire to move into new communities outside South West England as part of its ambitious expansion plans.

The Directors and members of the Senior Team at both Toddle Town and Happy Days have had close relationships for a number of years.  The vision and values of all the directors are closely aligned, with a focus on providing inspiring childcare and education, nurturing children to become learners for life, making Happy Days the perfect fit for this group of nurseries. Given the similarities, a catch up between a member of the Toddletown director team and Happy Days’ Marcia Viccars naturally led to an agreement to sell without going to market.

Toddletown was established in Godalming in 2020 with Farnham opening in August 2023. Both nurseries provide an environment that feels like home and where children are free to explore and lead their own play. Their open-ended resources help children with their imagination, self-confidence and problem-solving skills and they focus on helping children with their emotional wellbeing and regulation. With fantastic outdoor spaces full of opportunities for even more learning and play, the children are outdoors in all weather.

Mulberry Corner Nursery has been based in Chandlers Ford for over 30 years, with its location making it an ideal choice for families commuting and for those who live locally. Their long-standing, highly qualified and experienced staff team ensures the children in their care are respected as unique individuals with a learning programme tailored to suit their different needs and interests.

Marcia Viccars, Merger & Acquisitions Director, said, “Having known the outgoing Directors for a number of years, we were delighted to be given this exclusive opportunity as we knew that the nurseries would fit seamlessly into the Happy Days portfolio. It was a privilege and a pleasure to work with the team through this sale process.”

Kim Herbert, Managing Director for Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools stated, “We are thrilled to be growing our portfolio again with this acquisition. Not only have we had the exclusive opportunity to work with the directors whose values and beliefs of providing children with the very best care and education align with our own, it has also allowed us to expand into new areas of the country. The staff team at all three settings will remain in place and we are looking forward to working with them, to continue to provide quality childcare, ensuring all children have the best possible start in life.”

Eamonn O’Connor, spokesperson for the outgoing owners said “We are immensely proud of Toddletown and Mulberry Corner and the impact the nurseries have made in their respective local communities. It has been a privilege to watch so many children flourish under our exceptional nursery teams. Having known key members of the Happy Days team for some time, we are confident that the nurseries will continue to go from strength to strength and impress everyone who works at, attends, or visits the nurseries. We extend our sincere gratitude to our dedicated teams and supportive families for their loyalty and commitment. We would also like to thank the team at Harrison Drury, led by Mark Traynor, who provided valuable legal advice to us on this important transaction”.

Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools has now increased its total number of settings to 27, with 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

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

Case Study: The Hollies Daycare Nursery on the Camau Journey

2 mins
Jul 04, 2024

We opened our first nursery in 1991 and now operate 22 nurseries throughout the South West and Wales, with a further two opening in 2024!
With over thirty years of expert experience and an ethos to support children to become strong and motivated learners for life, we pride ourselves on providing a service to enable parents to work and live their daily lives knowing their children are cherished and cared for to the highest standard.

The Hollies Daycare Nursery was established in March 2002 and quickly established an excellent reputation for providing first-class quality care for children of pre-school age in the Canton area of Cardiff.

We are registered with Care Inspectorate Wales for 148 children. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
We offer breakfast club, wrap around and after school club. We promote and offer the Childcare Offer in Wales.
to foster the development of the Welsh language and its culture in order to provide a continuum of care and education between home and nursery.

Where did you hear about Camau?

We wanted to increase our Welsh within our daily routine and contacted NDNA Cymru. A meeting was set up and we heard about Camau through the Welsh promise, and this is why we decided to get some staff on the training.

2 of our Staff, Kim and Sam embarked and complete the on the self-study Camau course. This Welsh language course is bespoke to the childcare and early years sector. The Camau Mynediad 1 gave us the basic Welsh, such as colours, number, pronunciations, and greetings.

Kim said:

“The course was helpful as it refreshed knowledge already known and it was good to be able to do this on my own time.”


Sam said:
“I now feel more confident to use more Welsh in the setting and be confident to converse with fluent Welsh speaking children. The course met expectations and I’m now doing the foundation 1 level”

How do you incorporate into your setting now?

Staff have been able to use more incidental Welsh when communicating with the children. As a setting we decided to enrol onto the Welsh Promise. As the Welsh Promise is a way for Childcare and Play settings to increase their use of Welsh and demonstrates that we are working towards achieving the Active Offer into manageable bite-sized sections.

We had to provide evidence to NDNA Cymru of our commitment to the language and to evaluate our use of Welsh within the setting. We ensure that the Welsh language is seen and heard through incidental Welsh being used by staff and we display greetings bilingually. Our display boards are all bilingual.

Here at the Hollies we provide learning opportunities for the children which include some Welsh and make every effort to greet people at the setting bilingually.


Some of our introductory paperwork is now available bilingually. We embrace and celebrate Welsh Language and culture by making special dates throughout they year and through stories, singing and variety of daily circle time activities.

We have attended 2 of the NDNA Cymru Welsh Language webinars, “Dydd Miwsig Cymru” and “amser stori”. The children really enjoy the webinars.


Welsh is incorporated daily through incidental Welsh, Welsh singing and stories, bilingual display boards

Case study: Case study The Hollies on the Camau journey V0.1 – March, 2024

Links to further support and resources:
Welsh language in nurseries and early years – NDNA

Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School Celebrates Grand Opening in Yeovil!

1 mins
Jun 28, 2024

Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School is thrilled to announce the grand opening of its Yeovil location, formerly known as Yew Tree Nursery. The official ceremony took place on Saturday, June 22nd, with a ribbon-cutting led by the honoured Mayor of Yeovil, Councillor Andy Kendall.

Happy Days acquired Yew Tree Nursery earlier this year, expanding its commitment to providing exceptional childcare across the South West of England and Wales. The grand opening event was a great occasion, welcoming both new and existing families. Attendees, including parents hoping to secure a spot for their child, were treated to tours of the beautifully refurbished nursery and some wonderful activities led the Happy Days team.

“We are delighted to celebrate the official opening of Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School in Yeovil,” said Kylie Mitchel, Nursery Manager. “The beautifully refurbished interior space is fantastic, and we can’t wait to continue nurturing young minds in this exceptional environment and I encourage all parents to come and take a closer look.”

Happy 10th Work Anniversary To Katie!

1 mins
Jun 28, 2024

A big thank you to Katie, after reaching her 10th year work anniversary at Happy Days Nursery Exeter!

This month we have been celebrating our colleague who has worked at Happy Days for 10 years. Throughout her time at Happy Days Katie has supported the learning and development of children in both our Explorers and Adventurers units…. Where she has worked in every room caring for all different ages and needs. Katie has supported whole families as siblings have attended Happy Days and Katie loves sharing stories with children.

Thank you for all of your support and dedication over the years!

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-School Penair Retains 5*

1 mins
Jun 18, 2024

We are super happy to announce that our Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-School Penair chef, Yasmin has retained a 5* this week during her EHO inspection!

Yasmin has been at Penair for 3 years now, we’re so thankful for her dedication to the nursery and commitment to the role. The Manager at Penair spoke ‘Yasmin enjoys producing wonderful food daily and is great at accommodating any dietary requirements needed.’

So, what is an EHO rating and what does it cover? Ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection.

This includes:

  • handling of food
  • how food is stored
  • how food is prepared
  • cleanliness of facilities
  • how food safety is managed

The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale: 5 is top of the scale, this means the hygiene standards are very good and fully comply with the law. We’re thrilled Karina did so well in her inspection and want to congratulate her on the success!

Rainbow Fun For All at Children’s Hospice South West’s 10th Rainbow Run

1 mins
Jun 18, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries Spreads Sunshine at Rainbow Run!

Happy Days Nurseries brought a burst of sunshine to the 10th Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) Rainbow Run at RAF St Mawgan, but this time, it wasn’t just sunshine – it was rainbows!

The Happy Days team set up a face painting booth in the event village, specialising in creating dazzling rainbow designs for the excited pre-race crowd. But their sunny spirit didn’t stop there! As the official sponsors of the yellow paint station, they were armed with vibrant yellow powder paint, ready to cover runners in a burst of colour as they raced by.

The event was a resounding success, raising an incredible sum of over £100,000 for CHSW! “It was an absolute joy to be a part of the Rainbow Run,” said Rebekah Fice-Thomson, Marketing Manager at Happy Days. “Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces, from the rainbow-faced pre-runners to the rainbow dusted post race runners, truly embodied the spirit of the day.”

A huge congratulations goes out to the Happy Days Treloweth and Playbox runners who bravely tackled the 5k! With rainbow face paint, a vibrant yellow paint station, and a team of dedicated runners, Happy Days Nurseries helped make the Rainbow Run a day filled with colour, fun, and most importantly, support for a fantastic cause.

The Hollies Daycare Nursery Celebrates 1 Year with Happy Days and Unveils Stunning New Garden

1 mins
Jun 05, 2024

The Hollies Daycare Nursery in Cardiff is thrilled to celebrate one year of being part of the Happy Days Nurseries group. To mark this exciting milestone, they recently held a special event for parents, guests, and colleagues, which included the much-anticipated unveiling of their brand new garden space.

The celebration was a happy occasion, filled with laughter and excitement. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, with Mrs James, from Ysgol Gymraeg Treganna, taking the honour. The new garden space was the star of the show, offering a beautiful and stimulating environment for children to play and explore.

“We are incredibly proud to celebrate one year as part of the Happy Days Nurseries Group” said Tracey Jones, Manager at The Hollies Daycare Nursery. “Being part of such a respected group has allowed us to further enhance the quality of care we provide to our children. The new garden space is a fantastic addition to our nursery, and we know the children will love spending time outdoors in this natural environment.”

The Hollies is now inviting parents interested in enrolling their children in a nurturing and stimulating daycare environment to get in touch. With a focus on both English and Welsh, The Hollies Daycare Nursery celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Wales and provides a welcoming environment for children who speak Welsh at home. Their dedicated team, excellent facilities, and now a beautiful new garden space make The Hollies Daycare Nursery the perfect place for young children to learn, grow, and play.

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools has been accredited as a Disability Confident Employer

1 mins
Jun 04, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools is now a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.

Disability Confident is creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, Happy Days have pledged to ensure that their recruitment process is inclusive and accessible. This means that Happy Days actively communicate and promote vacancies in a manner that reaches all potential candidates, regardless of their background or ability. Additionally, Happy Days guarantee an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job, recognising their valuable contribution to the workforce.

Furthermore, Happy Days are dedicated to anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required to support both current and future employees with disabilities or long-term health conditions, demonstrating their commitment to fostering a supportive environment where all colleagues can thrive and contribute to their full potential. Creating a workforce where all colleagues can SHINE.

Fiona Blackwell, Operations Director stated, “This achievement reflects our ongoing commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where every individual is valued for their unique strengths and talents. Obtaining this accreditation serves as a testament to our values as an employer and underscores our belief in the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We firmly believe that by embracing diversity, we not only enrich our company culture but also enhance our business performance.”

Happy Days are excited to continue their journey towards achieving even higher levels of accreditation, and are currently working towards obtaining the Level 1 accreditation.

Happy Days attainment of the Disability Confident Committed accreditation marks an important milestone in their journey towards becoming a more inclusive and supportive employer and they are dedicated to building on this achievement, remaining steadfast in their commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the organisation.

Happy Days Treloweth Take Part In The Rainbow Run To Raise Money For CHSW!

1 mins
May 30, 2024

Happy Days Treloweth are taking part in the Rainbow Run 2024 to raise money for CHSW!

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.  

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.”

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)