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.

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!