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.

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 in Droitwich Celebrates an outstanding review!

1 mins
Mar 21, 2024

Happy Days Nursery in Droitwich is proud to share an outstanding review, following their Open Day!

‘I arranged a visit on Friday 1st March as I was interested in enrolling my son when the new funding comes in.

I have visited many different nurseries through the job that I do, but I was completely blown away by Droitwich Happy Days. Firstly, every team member I came into contact with that day was so friendly and helpful. Lucia showed me round and she answered every question I had with confidence,  nothing was too much trouble. She was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and we enjoyed learning all about the programs you do involving cooking, growing produce and sports. I came back for your open day the next day and , again,  every team member was great. I brought my son along this time and all the team were brilliant with how they engaged with him and made us feel welcome. It was very clear to me that happy days is a nice place to work and this is important to me when choosing where to send my son.

The facilities and the activities they had set out were excellent, and I was made to feel like I was already a parent of a child who was enrolled there. It was great to hear from the manager all about the stay and play sessions that are upcoming and I think this is such a good idea, especially for children who are due to start later in the year, so that they can attend and get to know some of the people who will be taking care of them.

Of course, I enrolled my son to start in September and we are excited to start our happy days journey with you!’

Secure your place for 2024 now at Droitwich nursery located within the heart of Yew Tree Village, just south of Droitwich Spa. We are conveniently located just minutes from the M5 at Junctions 5 and 6. Provided is a secure, calm, and neutral environments and wonderful outside areas with free-flow access throughout the day, and all our resources are carefully selected to allow children to experiment, explore and enjoy.

The nursery has a limited number of places available, book a tour today on our website or get in touch with us via the contact details below.

Phone: 01905 590500

Email: droitwich@happydaysnurseries.com

Address: Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School, Woodland Way, Yew Tree Village, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7GP

Out and about in Verwood!

1 mins
Mar 19, 2024

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools have been out and about in the community at Verwood. Hosting Baby Sensory Plays, story telling, pop ups and Information & Recruitment evenings.

This past week, Happy Days hosted two successful Baby Stay sessions.  The first session explored the world of “Music & Rhyme,” while today’s session focused on encouraging movement with the theme “Let’s Move.”  These sessions reflect Happy Days’ commitment to fostering a sense of community and providing families with a glimpse into our vision and approach to early childhood development.

We’ve also taken part in community events raising money for Red Nose Day, hosted by The Verwood Hub. It was great watching the children engaged with our Story Time – The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

Coming up on April 18th, you can join us for a fun-filled afternoon exploring the state-of-the-art facilities and learn everything you need to know.
– Tour our purpose-built nursery designed for your child’s learning and development.
– Meet our friendly and dedicated nursery team.
– Early years funding options and fees
– Nursery opening hours and tour availability
– Nutritious meal plans and delicious menus
– Engaging early years curriculum

For more information on up and coming events keep your eyes on our Facebook page and website.

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

Happy Days Nursery in Yate Officially Opens its Doors with Deputy Mayor

1 mins
Feb 27, 2024

On Thursday, February 22nd, Happy Days Nurseries and Pre-Schools officially opened their new nursery in Yate, welcoming Deputy Mayor Councillor Ben Nutland for the ceremony. Deputy Mayor Nutland toured the setting, met the happy staff, and delivered remarks praising the beautiful environment and exciting learning opportunities offered to the children.

The highlight of the ceremony was the ribbon-cutting, where some of the children, proudly waving flags, assisted Deputy Mayor Nutland.

“We are thrilled to finally open our doors and welcome the Yate community to our new, state-of-the-art nursery,” said Kim Herbert, Managing Director for Happy Days. “This space is designed to nurture and inspire young minds, and we are confident that children will thrive here.”

Deputy Mayor Nutland commented, “The nursery is truly impressive, from the stimulating learning spaces to the beautiful outdoor area. I am excited to see this fantastic facility flourish and contribute to the Yate community.”

Happy Days Yate is now accepting enrolments and invites families to attend an Open Day on 2 March between 10am to 1pm, to experience the nursery firsthand. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit www.happydaysnurseries.com/our-nurseries/yate/ .

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!

We are Recruiting! Join us for our Recruitment Event to discuss career opportunities in Happy Days Salisbury.
 
When: Monday 26 February 5pm-7pm
Where: Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School, Salisbury
 
A career in childcare empowers you to inspire a generation of children, who will shape the world’s future. What other industry sees you becoming a train driver, doctor, astronaut, rocket, and gardener in one day?
 
Come along to our informal drop in event, meet the Nursery Team, and discuss the current vacancies at Happy Days.
 
Inspire their future, inspire your future, with a career in childcare.
 
📍 Where: Happy Days Nursery, Rhodes Moorhouse Way, Longhedge Village, Salisbury, SP4 6SA
☎ Call: 01722 510 009
📩 Email: salisbury@happydaysnurseries.com

We are Recruiting! Join us for our Recruitment Event to discuss career opportunities in Happy Days Weston-Super-Mare.
 
When: 2nd March 10am-1pm
Where: Happy Days Nursery & Pre-School, Weston-Super-Mare
 
A career in childcare empowers you to inspire a generation of children, who will shape the world’s future. What other industry sees you becoming a train driver, doctor, astronaut, rocket, and gardener in one day?
Come along to our information day, meet the Nursery Team, and discuss the current vacancies at Happy Days.
Inspire their future, inspire your future, with a career in childcare.
 
📍 Where: Happy Days Nursery 6 Whirlwind Road Weston Business Quarter Weston-super-Mare BS24 8EF
☎ Call: 01934 420343
📩 Email: westonsm@happydaysnurseries.com