Paula, Debbie and all the staff would like to welcome you and your family to Happy Days.
Paula Williamson (BA Childhood Practice)
Hi my name is Paula and I am delighted to share with you my journey through childcare; one that starts as a seventeen year old on a YTS and ends up twenty five years later as owner of the very same nursery.
My initial training was a hands on experience working at Happy Days, observing the practitioners and gaining in confidence all the time. Every day there was a new song to sing, a new game to play, a new child to welcome. I left to go to college to gain my formal qualification – an HNC. Once finished, I wanted to gain more life experiences, so I went to be an au-pair for a family in Ohio. I stayed there for a year, being solely responsible for the care of two young children. On my return to Dundee I was offered the job of manager back at Happy Days. To help me in this new post, I returned to education, completing my Professional Development Award (PDA).
In 2008 my sister and I were given the opportunity to purchase the nursery – a daunting but exhilarating experience.
After a couple of years developing my role as the owner, I made the decision to return to education to undertake a degree in Childhood Practices. I spent a considerable time researching different areas of child care which in turn has influenced our current nursery philosophy. My degree has allowed me to register with the SSSC as Lead Practitioner, working alongside a team of registered practitioners who are continually seeking the best outcome for the children in their care.
Debbie, the owner, began her career in the bank at the age of 17 and after completing her initial training with The Royal Bank of Scotland, she was promoted to Customer Advisor specialising in mortgages, life assurance and debt management. At the age of twenty three, she moved to Perth to become manager at Perth South Street branch and after that, held various positions, culminating in being promoted to the position of manager of Dundee Chief office.
Debbie is able to put all her previous work experiences to good use in her role at Happy Days as she is responsible for all the financial aspects of nursery life. She is knowledgeable about funding and childcare vouchers and will happily answer all your questions.
For further information or to register your child at Happy Days, feel free to get in touch with us by calling 01382 500873 or submitting the form below.