Welcome to Hassocks Happy Feet
Hassocks Happy Feet opened in February 2008 and was opened by mother and daughter duo Susan Adair and Donna Makey. A full day care nursery, situated near to The South Downs. We operate 50 weeks of the year, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm.
Happy Feet is set within the grounds of Hassocks Football Club, with direct links to Brighton, London, Haywards Heath and the surrounding villages. The nursery offers both a spacious indoor and outdoor environment for all children to explore. The setting offers a beautiful wooded area where we encourage the children to explore the natural environment they are in.
In 2018 we were rated as OFSTED Good. Link to: OFSTED current rating
We have achieved the 'Bronze, Silver & Gold Green Trees' Award, from Woodlands Trust for forest activities such as planting saplings, making bird feeders, making camp fires with all aspects of safety and then toasting marshmallow's.
What we do
We care for children aged 0-5 years across four different rooms; Baby, Toddler and Pre-school, where we offer a nurturing, homely environment to all. We provide a range of activities to all ages to promote their development daily, supported by the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) guidance.
To provide a loving and caring environment that meets the educational, physical, social, emotional and language development needs of the children in our care.
Our staff are highly trained in what they do, obtaining a range of qualifications from; Level 2, Level 3, Level 6 in Childcare and Education, Management NVQ 3, Safeguarding training and Paediatric First Aid. Our staff are committed to further developing their knowledge to provide the best possible care they can. Meet the Team
At Happy Feet we provide a range of enrichment activities throughout the year; farm trips, sports day, just to mention a few.
The children attend the local farm in the spring learning about lambing and taking part in a variety of activities about this; feeling the lambs, making their own junk model lamb and much more.
Gracies Grooves Dance Studio (https://www.graciegrooves.com/)
Grace Meeking (SCHOOL PRINCIPAL)
Grace began dancing at the age of 5 at Roshe Performing Arts in Felbridge, taking exams in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz Dance. Grace took part in many shows at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley and successfully auditioned for the Weald Theatre Group Pantomime at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath. At 16 Grace gained a place at The Brit School for Performing Arts where she studied on their Dance diploma course for two years. She then went on to train at Performers College in Essex where she studied Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Singing and Acting gaining her Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.
Grace has appeared as a dancer on both Children In Need and Text Santa and has also performed at the Daisy Ball at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Since graduating in 2013 Grace has taught both dance and musical theatre at a number of different schools and dance clubs. In summer 2014 Grace travelled to Maine in America to work for a children’s summer camp. She took on the role of director of dance and put together two large performances whilst at camp.
In 2015 Grace decided to open her own dance school ‘Gracie Grooves Dance Studio’ providing classes from the Melody Movement syllabus created by Jill Bridger. Since then the school has grown and we now offers classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Musical Theatre and Street Dance for children aged 3 years and over!
Grace is also a qualified Urban Cheer Coach with UKCA, a Children's Theatre Chaperone and holds a Full Paediatric First Aid Certificate
Along with all these great activities we also provide spontaneously outings for the children, taking them on trips to the local garden centre, park, library and care home ensuring that we are developing the childrens cultural and knowledge of the world around them.
At Happy Feet we are committed to providing healthy, lunches for the children in our care. Following the 'Safer Foods, Better Business,' guidance Happy Feet is rated a 5, with all staff having a minimum of in house food hygiene training.
The children's lunches are sourced locally from Zebedees who follow the government healthy guidelines on nutritional balance. To download a copy of their latest menu please click the link: https://zebedees.co.uk/our-menus
Linking and liaising
At Happy Feet we are committed to providing the best possible care for the children that we can and to do this we ensure if we have children of shared settings we co-ordinate regularly with the other setting, sharing developmental information about your child, with your permission, to progress their development.
Further to this we hold very strong relationships with the local schools that we have achieved over the years to ensure that we can provide a smooth transition process for both you and your child when the time comes. Our local school links are primarily Hassocks Infants School, Ditchling C of E, St Lawrence and Hurstpierpoint college, with occasionally feeding into Burgess Hill schools. We are here to help you every step of the way.
Buttercups & Bluebells
In our Baby Rooms we care and nurture children from 3 months - 24 months. We strive to create a home from home environment by supporting each babies individual needs and routines to ensure a consistent and secure base for them to explore, learn, play and rest. With having the continuity from the same staff being in the room each day.
We ensure the time for both children and parents to build relationships with their key worker from their first settle to their transition to the toddler room.
We plan the children's next steps in learning based on the EYFS guidelines and welcome parental input into their child's development. Activities are planned on a weekly basis based on the children's interests and targets, these are clearly displayed on the baby room board.
We offer a variety of toys and resources to support and stimulate the babies from any age and those at different stages of development. We encourage sensory and messy play and like to take our babies out into the garden on a daily basis. When the babies need a rest, we have a separate sleep room where each baby has their own cot.
We strive to encourage independence, where possible, and can support your babies dietary and weaning needs.
In the Toddler Room we look after children from the age of 2-3years. Following on from the baby room, we incorporate more structure into our daily routine with elements such as circle time being introduced, and supporting the children and parents in developing the children’s independence in preparing them for Pre-School.
To help prepare the children for Pre-School we combine the children’s interests with the EYFS guidelines to further their development by creating next steps in learning.
In the toddler room we start to look at basic maths and literacy skills as well as engaging the children’s imaginations in role play and story times. The children really enjoy creative and messy activities and getting outdoors to explore.
In the toddler room we recognise that some children will still require sleep during their time at nursery, therefore we provide floor beds for those children to sleep on as well as encourage those who do not, to have a rest and some quiet time to balance out their active days.
The Pre-School Room cares for and nurtures children between the ages of 3-5years. In our Pre-School we thrive off watching and helping the children prepare for their transition to School.
We follow the EYFS, working alongside parents to help their child reach their full potential. We strive in creating a positive atmosphere for you and your child, encouraging them to grow and develop a range of skills based on their interests.
When preparing your child for the transition to school, we aim for them to be able to recognise and write their own name and other letters of the alphabet. We also encourage the children's mathematical skills in a range of different ways such as counting and recognising numbers at circle time, while learning the days of the week and months of the year.
As a team we support their communication and social skills with adults and children to help guide your child in new social situations.
Located at The Beacon Ground, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY.
Happy Feet is approximately 8.6 mi – about 20 mins from Brighton
& 15.4 mi – about 26 mins from Crawley.