• Play Explore Grow

     

    OFSTED Approved Preschool for Bishopston, Westbury Park & Henleaze. Childcare in Bristol.

  • A warm welcome to Magic Dragon Preschool!

    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 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 Pre School is like a big family full of lovely people! We have been blown away by the lengths the team have gone to to get to know our little boy in a mere matter of weeks. He was so nervous to begin with but his key person went the extra mile to think each day of something that would really engage and settle him upon arrival.”

    Rachael 2020

    “I leave my son there 4 days a week in absolute confidence that all his needs will be met with expertise and brilliance! The staff are a dream team who incorporate all the best wisdom of child development and educational philosophies to meet the children’s needs that are in their care. The communication and parent links are second to none. I feel extremely lucky. Check it out and see for yourself. You won’t regret it. Will be the best decision you make.”

    Harriet 2020

    "Both of my children have gone to Magic Dragon and absolutely love it. The staff are so kind and caring and passionate about what they do. My 2 year old started in September and every day she asks if she can go because she has so much fun there.

    There are different weekly themes that really get the kids involved in what’s happening and start them off on the road to learning. Everything is so well thought out and so much heart goes into all of the activities it’s inspiring."

    Martha 2020

    "I couldn’t speak more highly of the Staff and the environment! The pastoral support is amazing. They’ve been superb at settling in the children who have never been to pre school before, especially in light of really challenging circumstances with parents not able to go into the pre school at the moment. We’ve just received his written, printed learning journey to have a look at during half term. His key worker really knows him well and has managed to harness his interests really well to develop his vocabulary and natural curiosity."

    Debs 2020

    "I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Magic Dragon to any family looking for a nurturing, personal, caring and fun pre school where the children and their interests are at the very heart."

    Parent 2020

    "My eldest son went to Magic Dragon before starting school and absolutely loved it. Now my younger son goes and couldn’t be more enthusiastic about it. The staff really care and make a huge effort with activities for the children. They always have time to listen to any queries or concerns and produce detailed learning diaries to record your child’s experiences. The setting is excellent, lots of indoor space and a lovely enclosed garden - all tucked away from the busy roads. Highly recommended!"

    Dorothy 2020

  • About Us

    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.

    The Curriculum

    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 PLAY at Magic Dragon.

     

    Children develop in the 3 prime areas. These are:

    • Communication and language;
    • Physical development; and
    • Personal, social and emotional development.

    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:

    • Literacy;
    • Mathematics;
    • Understanding the world; and
    • Expressive arts and design.

    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.

  • Our Team

    We have a team of six 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

    Niki Hawke

    BSc (Hons) & PGCE

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid

    Deputy Leader and Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Ali Lloyd Jones

    BSc (Hons) & PGCE

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid

     

    Deputy Leader and SENCo

    Sally Wales

    BEd (Hons)

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid

    Food Hygiene

    Health & Safety Officer

     

    Practitioner

    Naomi Camwell

    BA (Hons)

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid

    Practitioner

    Sarah Oakley

    BSc (Hons) & PGCE

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid

     

  • Fees & Funding

    Registration Fee and Fees:

    A £40 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.

     

    Financial support:

    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. If you feel you may be eligible for additional hours, you can find out more at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

    HMRC Helpline 0300 123 4097

    We have funded two year old places available at our preschool. Please get in touch for further information.

     

    Childcare Vouchers:

    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 session(s), half a term’s notice or payment in lieu must be given. Non-payment of fees will result in your child’s place(s) being re-allocated.

  • More Information

    Term Dates & Opening times

    We are open term time: Monday-Thursday 9:00-1:00 including a 1 hour lunch club

    We follow Bristol Council school dates. For 2021-2022 we are open:

     

     

     

     

    Term 1  Monday 13th September 2021

    Thursday 21st October

     

     

    Term 2    Tuesday 2nd November

    Thursday 16th December

     

     

    Term 3  Wed 5th January 2022

    Thursday 17th February

     

     

    Term 4   Tuesday 1st March

    Thursday 7th April

     

     

    Term 5   Monday 25th April

    Thursday 26th May

     

     

    Term 6   Tuesday 7th June

    Thursday 21st July

    Policies

    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 next to 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.

    Our COVID-19 Risk assessment and policy is also available at the bottom of this page.

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  • Newsletters

    Click on the blue date to access our Newsletter each week.

    Easter activities

    Counting, hiding and finding eggs, making nests, making chocolate muffins, watering the spring flowers, bouncing bunnies on the parachute, planting sunflowers, lots of mark making opportunities, shaving foam fun, streamers and dancing to music, washing socks, and of course making an Easter card for our family.

    Jack and the Beanstalk and The Gingerbread Man

    19th April 2021 click date to open

    A busy week with Jack and the Beanstalk and The Gingerbread Man.

    The children enjoyed planting beans, snipping leaves, playing in the flower shop, climbing up the climbing frame-beanstalk, decorating their own Gingerbread men and retelling the stories. There was also lots of other fun making mud concoctions in the mud kitchen, playing in the sandpit, playing with the babies, building towers and hunting for mini beasts in the end garden with just enough time left for some animal yoga!

    Three Little Pigs and the Billy Goats Gruff

    26th April 2021 Click the date to open.

    A busy week Huffing and Puffing and Trip Trapping as we shared the stories of the Three Little Pigs and The three Billy Goats Gruff. Lots of learning has gone on in the water tray outside, with the mini toy characters, playing What’s the time Grandma Wolf, making mud concoctions, building dens, using our new digger-dumper trucks in the sand, negotiating the obstacle course, sharing stories, sorting phonic sounds, painting shaving foam all over the garden, exploring the magnets, problem solving how to get the Billy goats Gruff across to the green grass, counting the farm animals, buying animals in the pet shop, printing with blocks, playing hide and seek again and again, constructing houses out of junk modelling…

    Animals

    The children have certainly enjoyed our animals theme this week. There has been lots of opportunities for drawing, painting, singing, moving, building, relaxing, using technological toys, discovering, sharing books, working together on puzzles, persevering on the trikes, taking turns with resources, taking risks on the obstacle course and lots more.

    Minibeasts

    We spent a lot of time outside given that it was #mentalhealthawarenessweek this week. There was bug hunting, drainpipe water play, sweeping, shaving foam puddles and obstacle course fun. Inside the children enjoyed loose parts play with the tubes and boxes, spider's web challenge, making minibeasts using small loose parts, bug exploring in the small hall, musical shapes, sharing minibeast books, junk modelling, stepping stones course, building homes for minibeasts and a whole lot more thrown in. I don't know how we fit it all in!

    Caterpillars and butterflies

    We have all been excited about the arrival of our very own caterpillars. This week we have been watching them grow, playing ring games, creating a paper plate caterpillar, sharing butterfly and caterpillar non fiction books, using clipboards to make marks around preschool, lots of sandpit fun, using our new balance beam obstacle course, singing, drumming, doing yoga, having fun with cardboard boxes, painting at our easels and lots of other fun things.

    Our community

    We all had a great week learning about our community. There was lots of interest in the building site opposite preschool, Yellow group drew a joint large map of our journeys to preschool, Blue group drew their houses, we talked about different jobs people have in our community, there was lots of post box writing fun, the children enjoyed the bus role play which took us from Southmead to Dinosaur land and on to Cornwall, there was lots of weighing opportunities in the greengrocer role play, so much fun went on at the laundrette’s washing socks and we heard lots of capacity vocabulary in the café in the water tray outside.

    Bears

    A fun filled week at preschool with our Bears theme.

    There was lots of bear hunting, making bear faces using shapes, sports day races for the blue group, making biscuits with our parent 'chef' helper, mud kitchen fun, picking our strawberries, football fun, playing with the kittens, taking it in turns to be the sleeping bear, making playdoh (and using it in the week for making volcanoes, fire engine clubs, snails and pancakes), polar bear ice smashing, lego fun, hiding and counting bears in the garden, splodging and scraping swishy-swashy grass, lego creations and sharing lots of bear stories.

  • Contact Us

    To enquire out about availability or get a message to us, please fill out the form below.

    Magic Dragon Preschool,
    Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, 171 Bishop Rd, Bristol BS7 8NA
    Mon- Thurs 9am-1pm (inc. 1hour lunch club)
    07971421834