Happy Days Childcare

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About Happy Days Childcare

Name Happy Days Childcare
Ofsted Inspections
Address Ecton Brook Road, Ecton Brook, Northampton, NN3 5DY
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority WestNorthamptonshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children flourish in this welcoming and inclusive pre-school. They enter with ease and confidence as they are greeted by friendly staff.

Children confidently follow the morning routine. They hang up their coats and proudly find their name cards to self-register. Staff prioritise children's social and emotional development.

They help children to identify how they feel when they arrive by asking them to select an 'emotion card'. Staff teach children the vocabulary to talk about their emotions helping to build friendly, respectful relationships.Staff are excellent role models who provide consistent routines and boundaries....

They help children to resolve minor disagreements during play, as they discuss how their actions may make others feel. Children learn to behave well and show kindness and respect for one another.Outside children have fun and enjoy being physically active.

Staff interact enthusiastically with children during play. Staff help children to take appropriate risks as they climb equipment and jump from heights, developing their balance and coordination. Staff provide fun experiences to encourage children to get involved, helping to develop a positive attitude to learning.

For instance, staff show children how to use magnifying glasses to find bugs. They encourage children to lift heavy logs to search for bugs and they dig for worms. Children are happy and engaged in play.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

The manager and staff have designed a flexible and adaptable curriculum to suit the learning needs of the children who attend. Staff focus on building upon children's knowledge and the skills they need to be ready for their next stage of learning. Staff know the children incredibly well and have clear intentions for what they want children to learn.

However, at times staff do not offer enough to extend children's learning to an even higher level.Staff motivate all children to learn, including children who receive additional funding, such as pupil premium, and children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff attentively identify children who may need additional intervention.

They work exceptionally well with outside agencies to ensure there is a collaborative approach to children's learning. This supports all children to make good progress from their starting points.Communication and language are extremely well supported.

Staff design activities that offer children the opportunity to learn new words through hands-on experiences. For instance, children use words such as, 'kneading' and 'cream of tartar' as they follow a recipe card to make dough. Children who speak English as an additional language make very good progress.

Staff work together with parents and use key words from their home language to communicate with children. Staff consistently use simple sign language and visual aids to support all children with their communication.Staff make good use of daily routines to teach children the importance of keeping healthy and safe.

For instance, children take turns to help staff to risk assess the outdoor area. Ongoing discussions and specific activities, such as food preparation, help children build a clear understanding of how to keep themselves healthy. Staff teach children about hygiene.

Children help to clean and set the table and serve food. Once they have finished eating children are encouraged to wash their dishes. This helps children take pride in their pre-school and to feel valued.

The pre-school is a valued part of the community. They have excellent partnerships with parents. Parents feel involved in their child's education because staff invite them to attend sessions, such as song time and parents evening.

Staff offer a lending library of resources that help parents to increasingly support children's learning at home. Parents report how managers and staff go above and beyond to offer emotional support to the whole family. Children and families who attend the pre-school are extremely happy and well supported.

The manager is enthusiastic and is dedicated to reviewing the work of the setting and offering children and their families the best care they can. She has developed effective relationships with external agencies to provide support for children and families. Additional funding is used to provide resources, such as book bags to support literacy at home.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.There is an open and positive culture around safeguarding that puts children's interests first.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: support staff to strengthen their teaching strategies to consistently challenge and extend children's learning.

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