Office

Helen Hall

Hi, my name is Helen and I’ve been the very proud owner of Happy Days for 15 years. I live with my husband Mike and our son Tristan, who is 19. I trained as a Montessori Teacher many years ago, and although Happy Days isn’t a Montessori Nursery, I have tried to bring some of it’s ‘best bits’ along with other teaching philosophies into our settings. My vision for Happy Days is to create a ‘home from home’ environment, treating each child as if they are our own. I am passionate about working with children and feel very privileged to be able to be part of their Learning Journey, as well as having the opportunity to support their mummy and daddy too! Welcome to my nursery!

Helen Hall

Debbie Lyons

Hello, my name is Debbie. I moved to Holmes Chapel from North Yorkshire in the year 2000. I am married to Chris. We have two beautiful children, Jack and Beth, who both attended and loved their time at Happy Days. I spent 25 years in Banking, but am now the Office Manager at Happy Days, Jubilee Walk. I am responsible for Customer Service along with day to day office administration duties which can vary from risk assessments and maintaining registers to ordering paint, glitter and glue for ready for creativity time! The team have made me so welcome. I feel very lucky to be working in such a happy environment! Our shared family hobbies are football, dance and music. We love live music and go to as many concerts as we can.

Debbie Lyons

Jenny Mitchell

Hi my name is Jenny and I have been working at Happy Days for 17 years. I have worked with all ages at Nursery, Before and After School Club and Holiday Club at our Jubilee Walk site and have recently swapped nursery for a new challenge, running the office at our Hermitage site. I am proud to be part of the Happy Days team as we work so well together, and with our children and families it feels like I have a huge extended family. I am a mother to two boys in their 20's who both live and work in the village. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and reading. I like to bake and knit and enjoy playing word games. Amongst other qualifications I have a degree in Education and Community studies and English.

Jenny Mitchell

Ruth Sargeant

Hi, my name is Ruth. I joined Happy Days in 2013 and spent 2 years working in the Stars and Sunbeams room, before moving into the office. I am now the Accounts Manager.I am married and have 2 amazing daughters, who are the ‘light of our lives’! I worked in the banking sector for many years, but finished to be a full time mum, which was the best decision I ever made! We have 2 ponies, Brandy and Buzby, and my little girls love to ride. We also enjoy going for long walks with our dog Meg, especially at the seaside!

Ruth Sargeant

Jubilee Walk

Janet Flavell

Hello, my name is Janet and I am Deputy Manager at Jubilee Walk. I have worked at Happy Days since 2001 and hold a BTEC National Diploma in Early Childhood Studies. I am a Key Person in the Twinkle room and also work at our Out of School Club and Holiday Club. I enjoy planning exciting activities for the children, including crafts, baking and gardening.

Janet Flavell

Stephanie Barber

Hello my name is Stephanie and I am Deputy Manager at Jubilee Walk. I have worked at Happy Days for 20 years. I hold a Nursery Nursing Examination Board certificate (NNEB) and hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate. Whilst I enjoy working with all age groups of children, my favourite is with Stars and Sunbeams where I am Room Leader. I am married and we have one daughter who enjoyed her first years of education at Happy Days and has just started Veterinary Nurse training. I enjoy walking, baking, gardening and spending time as a family at our cottage in Wales.

Stephanie Barber

Penny Bell

Hello, my name is Penny and I am N.N.E.B. qualified. I have worked in child care for a number of years, with the last 13 being at Happy Days. Before working at Happy Days I worked as a Nanny for different families in various parts of the country. I am a Key Worker in the Stars and Sunbeams room. I am very creative and enjoy preparing interesting and exciting activities for the children, particularly craft! In my spare time I enjoy volunteering with the National Trust and have taken part in countryside conservation with a local group. I also love sewing, especially tapestry.

Penny Bell

Sue Little

My name is Sue Little. I am married with two teenage daughters. I have worked in childcare for over 11 years and at Happy Days for 3 years. I have an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and I hold a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate. I am a Key Person in the Twinkles Room and also work at our Out of School Club. In my free time I love to walk my dog Tillie who is a lively black Labrador!

Sue Little

Susan Briggs

Hello, my name Sue. I am married and have 2 boys, Harry aged 14 and Jack aged 16. I have a Degree in Humanities and a CACHE Diploma in Specialist Support in Learning in Schools at both Level 2 and 3. I have worked in childcare for 10 years, but have been working at Happy Days for six of them. I am a Key Person in the Stars and Sunbeams room, and love spending time with the little ones, planning fun imaginative activities to extend their learning and getting them ready for school. When i'm not in work I enjoy walking my Cockapoo ‘Gracie’, and spending time in Anglesey at our holiday home.

Susan Briggs

Elaine Stanley

Hello my name is Elaine and I am the proud mother of four grown up children! I have an NVQ level 3 in Childcare and hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate. I have worked at Happy Days for nearly 20 years, both full and part time and am currently working in the Stars and Sunbeams room at Jubilee Walk. I am also an Out of School Leader and work with Over 8's. I enjoy working with all ages of children, and particularly enjoy creative activities that allow children to express themselves in a fun way. In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my family and friends. I am a big fan of Zumba and adore live music and theatre.

Elaine Stanley

Jo Holttum

Hi, my name is Jo and I work at Jubilee Walk. My partner, Richard, and I have a lovely teenage daughter, Daisy. I studied for my Diploma in Pre-School Practice in 2005, specializing in Special Educational Needs. I enjoy working with children of all ages and particularly enjoy planning activities at Happy Days After School Club, enabling children to explore their own creative ideas and desires in a safe and secure environment. I hold a current Paediatric First Aid qualification. I am heavily involved in the Guiding Community and in my spare time I run a Brownie Unit within the Holmes Chapel District. I can often be seen around the Village with groups of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides fundraising.

Jo Holttum

Hannah Choudry

Hello, my name is Hannah. I am currently doing an apprenticeship at Happy Days working towards my level 2 in Childcare. I started at Happy Days in 2019, I have experience working in a primary school and I help at a local rainbows unit. I have always wanted to work with children as I have many younger family members. I enjoy coming up with different games and activities to entertain and educate the children.

Hannah Choudhry

Golden Bears

Hello, I am Golden Bear and this is my little brother Freddie the Teddy! We live at Happy Days and love to watch the children playing, listening and having fun. Because he is little, Freddie stays with the Twinkles, but I spend my time with the Stars and Sunbeams. We love to go home with a different child each day, playing with their toys and meeting their family. Although we don’t have any qualifications, mummies and daddies say we are very well behaved and look forward to us visiting again!

Golden Bears

Hermitage Drive

Vicki Baskeyfield

Hi my name is Vicki and I am Manager at Hermitage Drive. I studied Early Childhood Studies and Special Needs and Inclusion Studies at University and I hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate. I have toe pleasure of working directly with the Stars and Sunbeams as well as at Out of School club. I enjoy the fun approach to children's learning that we take at Happy Days and I feel that the happy, safe and secure environment and relationships that we have, enables children to grow and develop to their full potential.

Vicki Baskeyfield

Michelle Easteal

My name is Michelle . I’m married to Nick and have two grown up daughters, one of whom worked at Happy Days, but is now a teacher and the other is a Nursery Practitioner too! I hold a NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and work for Happy Days as an Out of School Leader. I have 20 years experience working with children, firstly as a childminder and then in another nursery setting. I hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate. I really enjoy my work and being part of a great team. I enjoy planning fun activities for the children to do after a busy day at school, as well as developing good partnerships with parents, children and staff. In my spare time I love walking my 2 Collie dogs along the River Dane!

Michelle Easteal

Claire Jackson

Hi, my name is Claire Jackson and I am a Key Worker in the Twinkles Room at Hermitage Drive as well as an After School Leader. I hold a NNEB certificate and I trained in Paediatric First Aid. Prior to working at Happy Days I worked in a Special Needs school as a Teaching Assistant for children with Epilepsy and Autism. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my 2 little boys, Ethan who is 8 and Louis who is 6 and socialising with friends.

Claire Jackson

Mila Chrysostomou

Hi, My name is Mila, I work at Hermitage Drive and I am qualified in BTEC Level 2 in Health, Social Care and Children and Young People’s Settings along with a full Paediatric First Aid Certificate, Basic Safeguarding Certificate and a Food Hygiene Certificate. My experience working with children spans over 10 years, in both nurseries and management. I try to incorporate my love for gardening/outside and looking after the environment into our daily routine at the nursery. I am married with one daughter and a cat.

Mila Chrysostomou

Louise Greenwood

Hi, my name is Louise and I work with the pre-school children at Hermitage. I hold various Montessori qualifications, and also a Cache Level 3 NVQ in Childcare, Learning and Development. I am married with 2 beautiful daughters, our eldest is at University and our younger daughter is at college. I try to incorporate my love of Pilates and classical music into our music and movement sessions at nursery. As family we enjoy attending Rugby matches as often as time allows.

Louise Greenwood