Welcome to Happy Days Kindergarten
Happy Days Kindergarten has been established at St John's the Baptist Church for 20 years. The Pre-school has been owned by Jane and John Cannon since September 2011. Together with a well-established staff team who have a wealth of experience and training and are all mothers to their own families which combined give the children a confident, assured and friendly setting.
Happy Days provide the children with a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment within which they can flourish through a large variety of play and adult led activities to achieve their full potential.
We are proud of our level of commitment and have an ongoing program of staff training to keep abreast of the latest developments in childcare and work closely with both the local authority and local schools to ensure when the time comes the transition from kindergarten to mainstream education is seamless.
We take as a compliment the trust that parents place in us to care for their children, children who very soon become part of the
'Happy Days Family.'
What to expect from the Happy Days Kindergarten?
It's in the name - Happy Days!!
Every Child is treated as an individual, we provide a safe and secure setting that nurtures educational, social and physical development.
Happy Days, within a structured environment and a 'light-touch', enables your children to have fun whilst learning to ensure that the eventual progression into primary school is accomplished happily and with confidence.
We offer a wide range of activities & experiences across the curriculum.
We have a planned curriculum with a different theme each half-term and build many of our projects and activities around that theme involving both parents and outside visitors. Visitors such as the local community police, the fire brigade (complete with fire engine), a nurse from the local hospital (complete with nurses outfits, dressings and slings etc), a local dentist, the ambulance service (complete with ambulance), ‘The creepy Crawley Man’ (complete with spiders and snakes). The list is extensive and we have a lot of fun meeting very interesting people from our community as they join us for a session.
We provide opportunities that build on and extend children’s knowledge and experience of their own environment, and encourage problem solving and decision making. The children learn about colours, days of the week, months of the year, the seasons etc. They are also introduced to different languages and cultures. Mrs Schirm, who is French encourages the children to learn basic French, e.g. counting, colours, days of the week and songs etc.
Our daily activities are balanced between child led and adult directed experiences.
We have a large free flow outside area for play which we use as often as possible and parents/carers should ensure children have sun hats & sun cream when sunny and warm outdoor clothing for the cooler days. We also have The Harvington Estate just behind us, a rich area of wood and parkland with a stream and we are often following trails here, maybe collecting conkers in season or playing games such as football and of course the ever popular ‘Pooh Sticks’ from the bridge over the stream.
Twice a year we put on shows, at Christmas and in the summer to which all parents are invited in addition we have a highly enjoyable and light-hearted Sports Day where not only the children but the parents also are encouraged to take part in the fun. We celebrate various different dates/festivals throughout the year and are always looking for parents to get involved.
Parents in Partnership
Parents, carers and families are by far the most important influences in a child's life. Their support can play a vital role at all stages of education.
Parents who take on a supportive role in their child’s learning make a difference in improving achievement and behaviour. The active involvement of parents in the life of the school can help promote a learning community in which children can engage positively with school practitioners and their friends.
Pre-schools can benefit from developing positive partnerships with parents by involving them in all decisions affecting their child’s education and learning. Engaging with parents gives them the chance to understand the role that they play in their child’s learning and development.
We invite parents to become involved in kindergarten life through regular communication with your child's key person. Taking an active interest in Half termly topics with your child and attending trips and events.
Successful relationships between parents and kindergarten can have long lasting and beneficial effects on childrens learning and well being.
We are also very lucky to have parents who host various trips, coffee mornings and evenings for mums and their families.