Settling in Sessions
These are sessions in which you and your child will be introduced to your child’s key person and get to know our teams and other children.
Success from the start
At Happy Days we currently use an electronic system to record daily diaries and for the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage. This enables us to log, update and inform parents of all aspects of their child’s nursery life instantly. Using as tablet system helps staff catch more spontaneous moments therefore enabling them to provide more opportunities for progression.
We also provide a variety of extra-curricular activities which may include visits from Simon the Music Man, Tiddly Om Pom Pom’s, Fun sports and Caterpillar Music.
All our nurseries have lovely outdoor spaces and outdoor play is incorporated in to all the daily routines come rain or shine, including regular walks to the local park, beach, and the surrounding area.
For growing children it’s really important that they get a healthy and balanced diet which meets their nutritional needs. Our chefs pride themselves on the freshly prepared meals they provide.
About our Nurseries
The nursery is divided into age specific rooms; Butterflies, Bumblebees, Ladybirds, Caterpillars and Pre-School. Each room has direct access to our outdoor classrooms. Healthy physical activity is a big part of the day, even in bad weather, when we get the woollies, waterproofs and wellies on and carry on regardless, making the most of the fresh air and freedom.
The age-appropriate equipment in each room is of the highest standard; everything’s kept in tip top condition and regularly replaced and added to.
Your child will grow and develop in their own good time. We make sure they are continually engaged with our highly trained team who introduce toys and activities that stimulate exploration and learning for their particular developmental stage. When we think they’re ready, we’ll talk to you about progressing to the next room, where life just keeps getting more interesting, involving, stimulating and exciting experiences.
At this very early stage, babies are observing everything around them. The butterfly team follow your child’s own routine and will liaise with you on a daily basis with regards to your child’s needs and development. The butterfly team focus on stimulating tactile activities that encourage development in a ‘home from home’ environment, providing a gentle transition from home to nursery life with lots of cuddles.
As their mobility, dexterity and language improves, children begin exploring their environment with greater enthusiasm (otherwise known as the ‘into everything’ phase!). With the help of visual, touchable play resources, the team encourage children to stretch themselves both physically and imaginatively. Bumblebees love to explore their environment both indoors and outdoors taking part in lots of messy play such as jelly, pasta and gloop to develop their fine motor skills and recognition of different textures.
Our Ladybirds will be encouraged to further investigate and explore the world around them. Each week the children will take part in activities that have been planned around their interests. Around this age children usually begin to use the potty, the Ladybird room is specially equipped for this with child sized toilets, sinks and changing facilities.
Here your child will go on to learn things like colours, shapes and numbers. The team will also organise activities based around the children’s individual interests and development. Caterpillars love to be outdoors doing sticky kids, music & movement, obstacle courses and lots more exciting things.
In Pre-School the children experience opportunities to develop all of the skills they will need when they start primary school. Our team of Early Years Professional Teachers work in partnership with local schools to create a play based curriculum which meets all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We encourage the children to develop their social skills, making friends, learning boundaries, good manners, sharing and having respect for each other.
A Day In The Life Of A Nursery
We don’t aim to just meet OFSTED requirements, we aim to exceed them. Some see OFSTED requirements as the ultimate standard. We see them as the bare minimum, and always strive to go above and beyond. OFSTED carry out regular inspections to ensure we are compliant with their requirements and effectively supporting children through the EYFS and delivering the aims of the framework.