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 PLAY at Magic Dragon.
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
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.
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. 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.
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.
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
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.
Our COVID-19 Risk assessment and policy is also available at preschool.
Click on the blue date to access our Newsletter each week.
All About Me
The children have enjoyed their second week back at preschool. There have been lots of giggles and smiles as we made potions in the garden, worked together to build train tracks, shared stories, explored the torches and dens, enjoyed dressing up as doctors, navigated the obstacle course, observed the crane at work on the building site, sung songs, had a go at writing and posting letters to our friends, tried new activities and danced along to our CD with the pompoms. We can't wait to see you all next week.
This we have had fun learning about shapes, taking turns, sharing stories, thinking creatively in our builder's role play, making big movements with our bodies whilst using the hoops and beanbags, exploring ice, mark making, constructing and lots of other fun.
The children have been fascinated by our very friendly resident robin. We made bird feeders, explored feathers, listened to birdsong and enjoyed a parent helper coming in to share his expertise in ornithology. The children had fun sweeping up the leaves in our gardens, running and jumping to ballroom music and dressing up amongst other things. The yellow group children explored Diwali resources and made their own diva lamp.
Fireworks and space
The children enjoyed the story of Whatever Next and going on an adventure to the Moon. The children also followed a recipe and worked their arm muscles to make playdough this week. They enjoyed adding the food colouring and glitter. There was lots of mark making fun in the tuff tray with glitter to make firework patterns and later in the week with flour to recreate the moon. Rockets were a real hit this week – the children built them using blocks, we counted down and blasted off, some children were really interested to look at our non-fiction books on space and rockets. We also made a bonfire at preschool in the end garden. The children helped scrunch and rip up the newspaper and put the wood on. They then sat and watched, listened and were mesmerized by the fire, flames and smoke.
It was a freezing week - literally! The children explored ice this week. Making ice decorations, melting ice, creatures that live in icy lands, ice dancing, dressing up in the ice palace, making shaving foam ice creams and excavating loose parts trapped in the ice. Following on from their interests, they also enjoyed playing on the trikes, with the footballs, with puzzles, sharing stories, making cat boats and writing on the whiteboards, making ramps for cars and lots of water play down the drain pipes.
Christmas has arrived at Magic Dragon! There has been lots of fun decorating our Christmas tree, writing Christmas lists, making decorations, placing and arranging the sparkly gems on the Christmas trees, posting the snowballs through the tubes, making bunting for our party next week, creating winter scenes with the pastels, making cards and mark making inside them and following this mark making interest in the garden with lots of opportunities for the children to write and draw. We also had a visit from the director of Robin Robin, the Aardman Christmas animation on Netflix. We were treated to a drawing workshop and a reading of the story Robin Robin which captivated the children's attention.
More Christmas fun to be had next week...
A fun-filled week exploring animals. We've moved like animals, examined their footprints in playdough (that we made from scratch), joined in animal yoga, scrubbed animals with bubbles in the garden, counted animals on Old Mac Donald's farm, shared stories, non fiction books and puzzles, joined in an animal safari drama session, enjoyed tennis with coach Tom from Kings Tennis Club, painted animals with our watercolours and lots of our usual activities and provision for the children.
Art and Music Week
The week started with lots of valentines art and mark making. We had a music workshop on Tuesday where the children explored instruments from around the world, learnt new songs, had a go on an accordion and bounced teddies on a huge piece of lycra. On Wednesday we had a trip out in the local area and the week finished with Australian stories and pontilism art.
There has been a lot of huffing & puffing and trip-trapping and Who's been eating my porridge? We have immersed the children in traditional tales this week. There has been building of bridges for the three billy goats gruff, climbing up the climbing frame away from the giant, drawing story maps, role playing in the three bear's cottage, sharing stories, junk modelling houses for the three little pigs and of course the usual play provision - along with making a volcano in the Yellow group and lots of turn taking and listening games in the blue group.
Colours and feelings
We have spent lots of time outside this week. The yellow group children went on a colour scavenger hunt in the garden and everyone has been enjoying making potions or tea in the end garden. The children have been busy making something for the Mummies on Sunday. There was lots of mark making and creativity. The children enjoyed painting daffodils, playing musical statues on coloured spots, playing snap, threading, racing on the trikes, sharing Elmer stories, reading The Colour Monster and talking about feelings and sorting coloured bears.
Jack and the Beanstalk and Growing
We have had a full-on week climbing up the beanstalk like Jack, planting gladioli bulbs (ready to flower in the summer), decorating magic beans, sharing stories with our friends, building homes for the animals, playing in the flower shop, cutting and sticking, growing cress, jumping on the pogo sticks, kicking footballs, counting gems, planting beans and sunflowers for our Magic Dragon garden, searching for frogs, playing hide and seek, squishing playdough, pouring and scooping beans, digging in the garden. The blue group children enjoyed a trip out in the church garden looking for signs of spring and exploring all of the colours
What a great first week back. The children have been buzzing with energy and have enjoyed making their own wraps and smoothies this week. We chopped cucumber and mushrooms, peeled carrots, grated cheese, spread butter and hummus and spooned on sweetcorn. lots of busy fingers making wraps for snack.
We also enjoyed watering the plants, making mud kitchen cakes, water play, exploring magnets, sharing story CDs, racing cars, measuring everything and painting like artists.
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