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Minsthorpe Community College

Happy Days

Happy Days Children’s Centre is a purpose built, dedicated, high quality private day nursery set within secure grounds.

The centre was designed and constructed in line with Ofsted and is situated on the Minsthorpe Community College campus with easy access from the M62, M1, M18 and A1(M).

We know that your priority is to find a setting that offers facilities that are right for you and your child, and understand the importance of earning your trust and confidence. At Happy Days we devote our time and energies to creating a fun and welcoming environment, while at the same time delivering the best childcare and learning. We want our children to feel safe, secure and happy right from the start.

We cater for children aged 0-5years. Our opening hours are Monday- Friday 8am-6pm and we are open 50 weeks per year (closed bank holidays and two weeks at Christmas)

To provide flexibility to meet children’s needs, we offer full days and morning/afternoon sessions.

Our Vision

Here at Happy Days we want to provide a safe and happy place for everyone, to enable all children to develop as individuals to their full potential. We deliver safe, exciting and stimulating activities to ensure all children are prepared for the next step in their learning journey.

Please download our brochure for more information, or give us a call on 01977 658766

Centre Manager: Nicola Heppinstall

Quotes / Testimonials from parents

‘Such a warm and happy environment for children to learn and grow. The staff are really personable and always put the needs of the child first.’


‘We are more than happy with the service provided by everyone at Happy Days, our daughter attends two days a week and is making tremendous progress, Florence is well looked after and has made positive relationships with both staff and children. Florence is always happy to attend and it is obvious she is comfortable in her surroundings. The team go above and beyond to ensure both children and parents are receiving a 5 star service, we honestly couldn’t wish for better!’

L. Hughes

‘Staff at Happy Days provide a good routine and structure to my child’s day. Trained, experienced staff ready to learn and respond to my child’s individual needs. Always been happy with the amount of progress my child makes and the setting provides useful ideas to help further my child’s learning at home.’


‘Our daughter loves attending Happy Days she always comes home telling us about all the fun things she’s done. It’s lovely when she learns something new and shows us at home, different dancing, making up songs. We know attending the nursery has helped with social skills, talking and potty training! The staff are lovely and always have time to discuss our daughter with us. Baby #2 is on the way and we’re not hesitating to send baby to Happy Days!’

D. Tadd

‘I’m so glad I decided to fetch my little boy here for pre-school. All the staff are so lovely and caring towards him. They don’t hesitate to get in touch with any concerns and they let us phone as many times to make sure he’s settled in ok. He absolutely loves the food and often asks for more! He gets a wide range of different foods which I am pleased he is always willing to try. Can’t thank all the staff at Happy Days enough for being there on this part of his journey.’


‘I could not recommend Happy Days any more than I already do. I feel so lucky that my son has been able to come here. He has developed so much over the past two years and I believe that much of this is to do with the ladies who work here. My husband and I have worked all the way through Covid and lockdowns and Happy Days have provided us with so much support, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. They have all become very much a part of our son’s life and I cannot tell you how grateful I am to them all. Thank you 11 out of 10.’

N. Spencer

‘Choosing a childcare provider can be a huge decision for parents. You want to find somewhere where your child will be as safe, inspired and loved as they are at home. We certainly found this at Happy Days. Both of our girls attend full-time and both adore it. The staff are knowledgeable and caring and foster such strong relationships with the children. The activities are well planned, creative and thoughtful. Happy Days is a special place and we feel very lucky to have found it.

R. Paul

‘I was tasked with the challenge of finding childcare during the pandemic where visits were not allowed which as a first-time parent was very scary. However, since Mollie started at Happy Days at 9 months old every single member of staff has been amazing and seeing her develop in the baby room and more recently transition into the toddler room, I know 100% I made the right decision. Happy Days care about your child as if they are their own.