At Magic Dragon Preschool we provide a wonderfully safe and stimulating environment where children can
explore and learn through planned and purposeful play. We have a well-established team of highly-qualified staff who carefully plan for
each child’s unique development and interests following the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
We welcome children from the age of 2 and a half years up to school age.
When you choose Magic Dragon Preschool, you are choosing a well established, exceptional childcare and quality education in a fantastic environment. We feel sure that both you and your child will be excited when you visit.
Book a visit now to come and meet our great team and see our children having fun playing, hopping, pouring, laughing, sticking, running, digging, cooking, questioning, singing, sharing, galloping, smiling, painting, exploring, experimenting, learning, squishing, creating, helping and caring amongst other things.
What Parents Say
Magic Dragon Preschool
We provide a safe and unique learning environment that inspires our children to play, explore and grow.
Our highly-qualified and long-standing staff team sparkles with enthusiasm and passion delivering bespoke learning experiences for each individual child’s needs. We build relationships and get to know our children really well and tailor our play experiences to each unique child. We build links with parents, carers and grandparents to create a supportive Magic Dragon Community.
PLAY: We believe in the power of play, nurturing children's little hands and big hearts and minds. We provide a wide range of activities and experiences and we follow children's ideas and interests to help them develop.
EXPLORE: The children enjoy playing and exploring both inside and out come rain or shine. Throughout the year, we explore our local community and festivals through trips and inviting in visitors.
GROW: Our aim is to enable everyone to grow into curious, kind, resilient, independent and happy children.
We have a great space to play in at Magic Dragon consisting of two large, bright halls, a smaller activity room and two different gardens allowing the children to do focused activities and the space to run around and explore the natural world. Spaces are created for the children to try different activities and experience a wide range of stimulating tasks covering all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
At Magic Dragon we plan fun and relevant activities and provide a safe and stimulating environment both indoors and outside to help children play, explore and grow. We have a real emphasis on learning through PLAY at Magic Dragon.
On top of our general learning provision, each week the children have a forest school activity, yoga and mindfulness time, singing and action rhyme sessions, music and movement and ring/group games. We use our outdoor spaces everyday whatever the weather. Each term we have cooking activities, visitors in to share their skills, woodwork classes, drama workshops, tennis coaching and trips in the local area.
Children develop in the 3 prime areas. These are:
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, we help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Click on the link at the bottom of the page for a copy of ‘What to expect when’. This is a parent’s guide on child development in the early years.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development then please arrange to speak to your child’s key person or any member of our team who can help and support you.
We have a team of five highly-qualified, experienced, dedicated and long-standing staff members who are passionate about working with children in early years.
All staff go above and beyond to make sure we provide the best early education possible for every child.
Preschool Leader and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
BSc (Hons) & PGCE
Paediatric First Aid
Deputy Leader and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ali Lloyd Jones
BSc (Hons) & PGCE
Paediatric First Aid
Deputy Leader and SENCo
Paediatric First Aid
Health & Safety Officer
Paediatric First Aid
BA (Hons), MSC
Paediatric First Aid
Outdoor learning leader
Fees & Funding
Registration Fee and Fees:
A £50 non-refundable fee is payable when submitting our registration form.
Fees are calculated on a termly basis and payable in advance. You will receive an invoice three times a year. You will be charged even if your child is absent.
We charge £6.25 an hour. Our fees are currently being reviewed and there will be an increase for this September.
There are different types of financial support you may be eligible to receive to help you with the cost of childcare. The type of help you can receive will depend on your individual circumstances.
All children attending Magic Dragon are currently eligible for the Early Education Entitlement funding of up to 15 hours per week from the January, April or September after their 3rdbirthday. You will receive the paperwork when you start at our preschool. This is subject to regular review.
HMRC Helpline 0300 123 4097
We have funded two year old places available at our preschool.
Your family may be eligible for 15 hours FEEE funding. For further information please click here.
You can apply directly to the Local Authority by downloading your application form here.
Early Years Pupil Premium is funding paid to Providers for children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits. The funding can be used to enhance the quality of your child's early years experience by improving the teaching, learning facilities and resources, with the aim of impacting positively on your child's progress and development. Click here to see if your child is eligible.
If you feel you may be eligible for additional hours, you can find out more at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
We accept Childcare vouchers, a government scheme operated through employers to allow you to pay for childcare from your pre-tax salary. An amount is deducted from your salary at source and paid directly to your childcare provider.
For those paying fees in full, we charge £6.25 per hour.
If you have any further questions regarding fees then please get in contact with us.
If you wish to cancel your child’s sessions, half a term’s notice or payment in lieu must be given. Non-payment of fees will result in your child’s place being re-allocated.
When you register your child with us at Magic Dragon Preschool we will send you a pack containing lots of information, top tips for starting preschool, a healthy eating leaflet, and a welcome booklet for your child. Once your child starts at Magic Dragon,you will receive information through our weekly newsletter, daily feedback from your child's key person or a member of the team, your child's learning journal to look through each term, a progress meeting three times a year along with regular important information reminders.
Term Dates & Opening times
We are open term time: Monday-Thursday 9:00-1:00
For 2023-2024 we are open:
Please see our list of policies in the document at the bottom of this page.
We have various policies and procedures that are available for everyone to read through and they are kept on the registration table. The six policies that we send out to parents when their child starts at preschool can be found at the bottom of the page.
Term 1 Week 1 NURSERY RHYMES
Click here for the newsletter. A brilliant first week back. The children enjoyed exploring our new water wall, filling up the sandpit, having snack outside, building towers for the dinosaurs, lots of jigsaw puzzles, baby role play in the home corner, digging for treasure, rolling wheels down the ramps, having fun on the trikes, singing songs and seeing all of our friends again.
We are sure that the children will be exhausted this weekend.
Term 1 week 2 ALL ABOUT ME
Click here for the newsletter This week there have been smiles, building, thinking, turn taking, exploring, singing, questions, co-operation, problem solving, running, cycling, listening, joining in, trying for the first time, painting, persevering and splashing amongst other things.
Term 1 Week 3 ANIMALS WEEK
Click here for the newsletter The children have had fun building up their friendships this week. It is great to see them engaging in role play and talking about their ‘friends’. We have been busy painting outside, playing in the cafe, doing the animal boogie, testing our strength, using our gross motor skills on the obstacle courses, hiding and seeking for animals, arranging the animals in their families, experimenting with ramps for conkers and cars and making friendship necklaces. The children enjoyed saying hello to each other in a different European languages every morning. We said Bonjour (French), Helo (Dutch), Privet (Russian) and Ciao (Italian). We learnt that it is tricky to learn new words, but with practise you can have fun and get better.
erm 1 Week 4 AUTUMN - Click here for the newsletter
We have been discovering Autumn at preschool this week. Thank you for all of the treasures you collected in your Autumn bags. We rolled conkers and pinecones down the
tubes inside and down the drainpipes with water outside, made leaf rubbings, created leaf printings which we hung up to dry in the autumn sunshine in the garden, navigated filling up watering cans and transporting water to the forest garden, designed an obstacle course, enjoyed the climbing frame. Blue group
enjoyed a trip out to discover signs of Autumn in our local area. What a fun-filled week we’ve had.
Term 1 Week 5 The Three Little Pigs and Space Click here for our newsletter
A fun-filled week of building dens, making fruit kebabs, painting with feathers, fingers and pom-poms, designing an obstacle course, learning about Space, building houses for the Three Little Pigs,enjoying the world musical instruments outside, decorating and rollingpainted conkers, developing our fine motor skills with pom-poms, pouring and scoopingwith pasta, getting ready for 'Tom Tennis' next week with bats and balloons and playing turn taking games.
The children have done so well to settle this term, build friendships and make huge progress in different areas already. This week we have beenexploring magnets, building London towers, mark making on the whiteboards, playing with shapes, getting mucky in the mud kitchen, playing at mechanics with the trikes, balloon painting, serving their friends in the café, digging in the forest garden, pouring and scooping, enjoying tennis with Tom and playing with the cornflour goop. Without knowing it, they have been learning.... to take turns, build relationships, develop confidence, solve problems, share, count, communicate, measure, balance, develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills, listen to instructions and be creativeamongst other things. But let's juststick to saying that they have enjoyed playing.
Term 2 Week 1 30th October TRANSPORT Click here for our newsletter
We have had fun making tracks with paint and the vehicles, delivering the post on trikes, bus role play, counting and sorting cars, doing a traffic survey on Bishop Road, mark making in the tuff tray with flour and trucks and building the longest train track ever. Read more in our newsletter.
The children have enjoyed making diva lamps to celebrate Diwali this week. We have made firework dribbly glue and glitter pictures, sung songs about fireworks, had a tea party
in the garden, printed poppies, explored mark making, extended our learning with rhyming activities, built cities out of Duplo, looked after the babies in the hospital role play
and investigated light and dark on the light table.
We have had a busy week continuing our learning about Diwali. The children were investigating the resources on the light table, using loose parts to make
rangoli pattens, trying chapattis for snack, exploring light and dark with the torches and dens, decorating our diva lamps, drawing Mendhi patterns, painting fireworks on the easels and listening to the story of The Runaway Chapatti. The children
also enjoyed using the wooden blocks and foam blocks to create roads, towers and pathways, dig for treasure in the garden, repot some flowers to brighten our garden and blue group made some fantastic artwork of the initial letter of their names. We would love you to displays these somewhere prominent so they
can see their letter and be proud of them. We have also joined in World Nursery Rhyme week and explored lots ofdifferent rhymes (my favourite being ‘Dumpy Dumpy’).
Our week started witha visit from Dave from Avon Fire and Rescue Service who brought us a box full of toys to play with and he showed us his fire fighting uniform. We then had adelightful visit from the Redland Wind Band on Tuesday. The children were treated to a great musical performance after which they explored the instruments.
The children have enjoyed playing with the firefighter pop up tent with the dress up clothes and puzzles.
here has been collaging shapes, a woodwork workshop, powder paint creations in the forest garden, mark making on the crinkled paper, junk model instrument making, chalking rainbows, pegging up the birthday cards, building brick towers, obstacle course fun and playing with the world musical instruments. The week
finished with some St Andrew’s Day celebrations with Scottish dancing and playing our instruments that we made along to the bagpipe music!
Read some of our policies here. Copies of all our policies are available on the registration table everyday.
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