Our Curriculum

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, as established by the British Office for Standards in Education, which uses six overlapping age bands. Every child is different and children do not grow and develop at the same rate, or in the same way.

It's an integrated program that evolves as your child gains confidence and develops at Happy Bunnies. 

Smiling Baby
Birth - 11 Months
  • Babies have their own special person at Happy Bunnies who knows them really well & understands their needs.
  • We provide warm, loving consistent care - responding quickly to your baby.
  • Our teachers hold & handle babies. Sensitive touch helps to build security & attachment.
1 Year Old Baby
8 - 20 Months
  • Every day, their key baby buddy is available to greet them at the start & hand over to parents at the end
  • Playful interactions encourage babies to repsond to, and mimic adults.
  • We follow baby's lead by repeating vocaliastions, mirroring movements & showing baby we're listening carefully.
2 Year Old
16 -26 Months
  • The little ones get involved in welcoming and caring for one another themselves.
  • We give full attention when these young children look to us for a response. 
  • Your child is encouraged to understand the feelings of others by labelling emotions such as sadness or happiness.
3 Year Old Painting
22 - 36 Months
  • Our system ensures each child has opportunities to join in.
  • Your child will recognize & understand rules for being with others, such as waiting for a turn.
  • Happy Bunnies models ways of noticing how others are feeling and comforting/helping them.
4 Year Old Learning on Computer
30 - 50 Months
  • Kids develop positive relationships, as we challenge negative comments and actions towards either peers or adults.
  • Your child is encouraged to choose to play with a variety of friends from all backgrounds, so everybody in the group experiences being included.
  • Extra support is provided for children who have not yet made friends.
5 Year Old Reading
40 -60 Months
  • Your child is supported to link openly and confidently with others, e.g. to seek help or check information.
  • We ensure children and adults make opportunities to listen to each other and explain their actions.
  • We're aware of and respond to particular needs of children who are learning English as an additional language.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that [Happy Bunnies] meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

- from the "EYFS Statutory Framework"
UK Office for Standards in Education

Learning plans for all ages

Effective Learning Program

The Unique Child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning.

  • Playing & Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating & Thinking Creatively

Children develop in the context of relationships and the environment around them.

This is unique to each family, & reflects individual communities & cultures.

Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas.

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development

Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

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A Toddler Learning

The Best Early Learning in Texas

Happy Bunnies' curriculum goes beyond your child's personal, social and emotional development - in fact, this is just one aspect of our fully rounded system. 

The full program covers six distinct aspects of child care and development:

  • 1
    Personal, Social & Emotional Development: Managing Feelings & Behavior
  • 2
    Communication & Language: Understanding, Speaking, Listening & Attention
  • 3
    Physical Development: Moving & Handling, and Health & Self-Care
  • 4
    Math: Numbers, Shape, Space & Measure
  • 5
    Understanding the World: Technology, People & Communities
  • 6
    Expressive Arts & Design: Being Imaginative
Happy Bunnies Director Magdalena MacLeod

Meet Happy Bunnies Director Magdalena MacLeod

Born to a family in the childcare and teaching sector for generations, Magdalena trained as a day care & pre-school teacher and graduated from the Slovak Pedagogical Academy in 1993 with distinction. 

Then, 11 years ago, she took over a chain of centers in England that had been running for over 20 years. They provided the foundation for her early learning centers both in England and over here in Austin, Texas.

Today, she personally runs the Happy Bunnies Early Learning Center in Oak Hill, Austin. When you drop off your child at Happy Bunnies, you know they are in Magdalena's care, someone with decades of experience in the child care sector. You are not leaving them with an anonymous manager in a large corporate chain. She cares, and has the experience and the unique attention to detail that comes from owning and operating her own school.

Magdalena would love to meet you and show you around her Austin Happy Bunnies.

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They say...

Sarah Evans

My 17 month old son has been attending Happy Bunnies (previously Child’s Way) full time since he was a little bitty 3 month old. This is my first child, and I was so terrified and hesitant to leave him. Ms. Alina was so kind and patient with me, sending photo updates and keeping in close contact with me to ease my fears. My son LOVES her, so much so that sometimes I get a little jealous - but what a great problem to have! Recently he's even been throwing fits when we come to pick him up because he's having so much fun that he doesn't want to leave. I’m incredibly thankful I have found a place that I trust, and that my son comes home tired and happy. I would recommend Happy Bunnies without hesitation, and I’m excited for all the adventures to come!


We have been sending our son to Happy Bunnies since he was just 3 months old. (He’s 17 months now) The staff at HB are more like family now, and we couldn’t be any happier. I especially love it when my son brings home artwork from the fun activities that they plan. These tiny pieces of art are something that I will always cherish.

Christopher Solarz

We have had our child at Happy Bunnies for 18 months. We've been extremely satisfied with the care and instruction she's received.

Owner Magdalena is very educated in early childhood development. She's also been accommodating with our schedule, and with classroom placement for our daughter. We like that the kids spend a fair amount of time playing outside weather permitting. Our daughter loves her teacher and classmates and will miss Miss May.

Among other teachers, Miss Elle, Miss Natalie and Miss Alina, have been kind and helpful. So many parents in South Austin/Oak Hill/DS area looking for good childcare or MDO-style daycare - this is a good option for you!

We would recommend Happy Bunnies to any of our friends.