Happy Days and Realise form new partnership


Expanding group, Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-Schools, have demonstrated its commitment to developing apprentices by appointing Realise as its new principal training provider.

Happy Days Nurseries & Pre-schools

Happy Days has elected to partner with Realise to offer its learners greater consistency and quality in their development.

With 47 apprentices taking on level 2 or 3 qualifications, operating across its 21 settings – and plans to increase this number as new sites are opened and acquired – Kay Howick, Head of HR at Happy Days, described it as the perfect time to seek a new training provider which could support a growing, nationwide company.

“Apprentices are crucial for our success as a nursery group in the short, medium and long term.

Kay Howick, Head of HR at Happy Days

Kay Howick, Head of HR at Happy Days

“Our mission at Happy Days is to provide inspiring childcare ‘where every child shines’ and our partnership with Realise allows both new and existing staff to grow and develop through apprenticeships, enabling us to deliver on our ethos.

“As we have expanded into different areas of the country, our apprenticeship provision has been shared across a number of different providers which can become difficult to manage so we were looking to consolidate under one provider.”

On Realise

Kay continues: “Realise is a provider that has been on our radar for the past few months and the reputation it has in the industry is growing all the time.

“We were delighted to hear about the innovative and forward thinking programmes the trainers will be delivering and it’s fantastic that we have a provider which offers nationwide coverage.”

Karen Derbyshire, Operation’s Director for Early Years at Realise, adds:

“This is a fantastic new partnership and one that we are very much looking forward to working on.

“Happy Days is renowned for nurseries which offer the highest quality of care and the way the group is expanding across the UK is fantastic and testament to its success.

“The Realise philosophy is ‘right learner, right programme’ and we will work with each of the individual settings of Happy Days to tailor the apprenticeship curriculum to their specific needs.

“Ultimately, our main aim is to produce fantastic early years practitioners for Happy Days, whether that be introducing new people to the sector or adding to the skills, knowledge and experience of existing staff members.”

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