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Exmouth Community College Happy Days Nursery

The Nursery is located on The Gipsy Lane site of Exmouth Community College in its own building with good outdoor space.

The Nursery is oversubscribed but if you wish to discuss booking a place for your child please contact the Nursery manager, Mrs Janet Garrow, or download an application form.         


Telephone: 01395 255734


Happy Days Nursery, Exmouth Community College, is in no way associated with any other nursery of the same name and thus we should not be contacted in relation to any nursery NOT located at the College.

Please Note

Nursery Education: so much more than play

Exmouth Community College Nursery, Happy Days, was designated a "Good" nursery by Ofsted. So how come Ofsted inspect Nursery Education?  It is far more than a Health & Safety matter. Nursery careis important but so is the educational aspect of that care.  Janet Garrow, manager of Happy Days nursery, outlines the educational aspects of just one week’s activities.

Nursery Education is planned and formative. The children are well cared for but should be learning as they play and interact. As part of our Nursery theme for the week after the half term break, for example, the staff worked with the children to celebrate Diwali and bonfire night. The themes are multi-cultural, Diwalialso known as Dipavali and the "festival of lights", is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year, both themes are linked with light.  This idea has to be transformed into practical activities to engage the children.  In this case Nursery Children would be introduced to the following: glitter in the water play (sensory play) working with play-dough adding different coloured paint and glitter; exploring textures and creating rangoli patterns using a variety of colours, medias and materials.

Meanwhile the toddlers would be playing with a variety of wooden blocks and logs with the diggers and trucks, this is small world play to teach turn taking, communication/language, independence and playing alongside others. Of course babies are also cared for at the nursery and they would be given the opportunity for some formative play within the theme looking at visual, auditory and sensory development.

The activities above require the staff to create a stimulating environment in which the children develop hand/eye co-ordination, awareness of colour, the ability to be independent and to work co-operatively with others. During all the activities at the nursery staff promote the development of language and communication skills.

"Happy Days" Nursery is Good. Positive Ofsted Report

Ofsted Inspection; the College Nursery, Happy Days on 7th October 2014

Ofsted inspected Exmouth Community College Nursery, "Happy Days" on October 7th 2014. The Report concluded that the quality and standards of the early years provision at the Happy Days Nursery is:  GOOD

 Relationships between staff and children are warm and caring, which helps children settle in quickly and feel secure.

 Children are becoming independent due to effective teaching because staff routinely encourage children to undertake small self-care tasks.

 Staff use a range of successful teaching strategies to help children become confident communicators.

 The management and staff work closely together to carefully monitor the quality of the setting to identify and address areas for improvement.

The report was a very positive one and this is particularly pleasing as the inspection was unannounced.

The inspection report noted that “Staff plan interesting and challenging activities for children” and that as a result children "develop a positive attitude to learning”.

The children at Happy Days nursery "make good progress and are ready for the next stage of their learning” because the "quality of teaching is good”.

The language development of children at the nursery is good because staff positively role model the use of language to help children learn to communicate effectively, therefore the children develop an interest in books.

The Nursery ethos of good behaviour is also noted in the report, “children behave well and demonstrate good self-esteem”.

The report noted that staff "help develop children’s thinking skills” and "keep parents informed”.

The Happy Days Nursery is a safe place for young people to develop because

“There are secure systems in place to enable suitably qualified and vetted staff to work with children”.

This is a very positive report and we congratulate the staff at the nursery.

Click here for Ofsted Report 2014

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