Happy Days Childcare is a warm, friendly place where all children and their families are respected, nurtured and encouraged.
We understand that having a solid foundation in the earliest years can lead to success, both emotionally and academically for the rest of their lives.
There is a low turn over of staff at the nursery and several members of the team have been with the nursery since it opened.
One of our current trainees attended the nursery herself when she was small.
This stability gives the children in our care the security they need as they move through the different rooms.
For example, babies in Bunny room will have contact with the staff who work in Fishes and Guinea pig rooms so that they can make confident transitions as they grow.
This consistency of staff and care benefits younger siblings too as they recognise the staff when they start the nursery themselves.
The majority of staff also have their own children so understand the challenges and joys of raising a young family, meaning staff are able to empathise with issues that parents might be facing.
The nursery also has a male member of staff on the team, this is of benefit to the children as they learn to socialise.
Your day with us …
A typical day at the nursery starts with the early morning breakfast club when we open at 7.30. This is open to all age groups up to 12 years.
At 9am the morning preschool session starts. Children can take part in imaginative play, messy play, arts and crafts, construction, puzzles and games, exploring movement on the Jabadao mats, music and singing, stories, mark marking and numbers and whole group activities. They are also able to go outside into the garden during each session. Some days may include activities such as Woodland Wanderers and Rugby tots. Activities and resources are selected on the interests of the children attending that day and on the topic that is currently being explored, as well as access to the continuous provision.
This session ends at Midday.
The afternoon session begins at 12pm and includes lunch.
Children staying for lunch are all given the option of a hot, home cooked meal and the midday meal is used as a time to socialise, talk about different foods and learn to use a knife and fork. The children are encouraged to try foods they might be unfamiliar with and become independent by being given the option to have a second helping, clear away their own plates and pour their own drinks. The children enjoy this chance to take charge.
After lunch the same kind of resources and activities are available in the afternoon as for the morning.
This session ends at 3pm.
The evening session is 3pm – 6pm and children staying for tea eat a light meal at 4.30pm.
The Breakfast Club starts at 7.30am and is open to all age groups up to 12 years. It includes Breakfast and if required, transport from Happy Days Childcare to/from Wickhambrook, and from Hundon and Thurlow Primary Schools.
After School Club
The After School Club includes collection from Wickhambrook, Thurlow and Hundon Primary Schools at 3.15/ 3.30pm and an afternoon snack. Children staying to 6pm eat a light meal at 4.30pm.
Available for all children from 2–9 years of age, not just for those registered with Happy Days Childcare and runs from 7.30am – 6.00pm with an extensive range of activities on offer to suit the age range of children attending.
Ofsted Registration No. EY538799.
Happy Days Childcare has been registered with Ofsted since 1998 and our details can be found on the Ofsted website.
Grow with us
At Happy Days, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which supports your child’s development and learning from birth until the end of Reception year at school.
Eat with us
All our food is freshly prepared at Happy Days Childcare and our menu changes on a monthly basis. We cover all the food groups but also take into account what your child will enjoy eating.
Taking advantage of our beautiful rural location the children are given the opportunity to experience and explore our local woodland. A variety of activities introduce them to the natural world around them.
Each child has a key person and learning journey. All parents are welcome to chat to their child’s key person at any time. If a parent has concerns about their child’s development the key person is able to explore these and make referrals if these are required.
We have a large outside garden with a play house, sand pit, willow domes, construction area and ride on toys. Children are taken on Woodland Wanderers activities to interact with the local environment. We also invite visitors in to provide extracurricular activities, such as Rugby Tots, to help with children’s learning and development.
Parents are welcome to visit the nursery and ‘stay and play’ whenever they wish. We love to know what the children have achieved at home and we have WOW boards outside each room so that these can be recorded. The children enjoy their friends knowing what they’ve been doing out of nursery.