• Play Explore Grow


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

  • Open Morning 

    Tuesday 12th July - everyone welcome from 9:15-10:30

    Please call 07971 421 834 to book your place.

    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 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 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

    "We couldn't have wished for a more positive preschool experience for our daughter. The team go above and beyond to care for the children at Magic Dragon and the standard of provision is excellent."

    Parent 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 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

    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


    Preschool Practitioner

    Naomi Camwell

    BA (Hons)

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid

    Preschool Practitioner

    Martha Watton

    Child Protection

  • 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. 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.


    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


    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.

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  • Newsletters

    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.

    Building site

    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.

    Pancakes, books and Tennis

    A week full of pancakes, books and tennis. There was also lots of building towers, juicing oranges, see-sawing, making playdough, chalking, scooping and pouring, painting and trampolining.

    Traditional tales

    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.


    A lovely and busy week to end on before half term. The children enjoyed making musical instruments, decorating pants, sharing lots of stories about pants, watering the garden, washing pants in the tuff tray outside, pouring and scooping beans, looking at patterns, building towers in the garden and painting at the easels. The week finished with our dress up day and everyone loved coming to preschool in their pyjamas – thank you for all joining in.


    A great week celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. There was crown making, scones and jam for snack, building castles, bus role play, London Town block play, making cucumber sandwiches, decorating bunting, flower arranging, tea parties and of course lots of bug hunting in the garden. Thank you Your Majesty for inspiring our learning this week.


    This week the children...

    went on camping adventures, washed the minibeasts, enjoyed playing the piano, created their own paper plate butterflies, built up their fine motor skills painting and printing the bugs, arranged the loose parts to create their own bugs, enjoyed making worm smoothies, designed their own father's day cards, build towers/castles and houses for the bugs, splodged paint on butterflies and we all had a fun-packed day at the @ghcgarden

    Garden wildlife WEEK

    This week has flown by... the children developed their mark making skills doing minibeast tally charts on their hunts in the garden, they learnt to play sensibly together with the balls and beanbags, they built up their fine motor skills making playdough bugs, they showed cooperation building wooden block towers with each other, they followed instructions and read a recipe for making playdough out in the garden and blue group made cupcakes, they problem solved when sliding the bugs down the block ramps and lots of other fun things.

  • 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)
  • What to expect when - A guide to your child's learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

    SEND Early Intervention Poster -Bristol’s SEND Local Offer is the central place for information about services for children and young people with special educational needs and disability in Bristol.