Starting Nursery

Every parent who comes through our doors has hopes and dreams for their child. You want the very best for your child and maybe you feel nervous about leaving them. We can ease your concerns, working alongside you, supporting you and providing the best quality childcare. Our aim is to make the transition for your child, and for you, as stress free as possible.

Every child who comes through our doors is allocated their own key person. The key person will get to know your child’s likes and dislikes, their comfort and sleep requirements, dietary requirements and their medical history.

Working together means your child benefits from the familiarity of their everyday routine. We plan for the individual needs of your child, providing a happy continuity between home and nursery. With this partnership, you can be confident that your child is in capable hands.

Once on our waiting list, you can enjoy all the benefits of our "Stay & Play" sessions. This is an opportunity for you to bring our child into the nursery for an hour in the morning or the afternoon and play with them in the nursery room. Since introducing Stay & Plays, we have noticed a dramatic change in the speed at which new children settle at Magic, and as well as giving your child the perfect opportunity to get to know their peers, their new environment and our staff, it gives you the freedom to get to know the staff who will be caring for your child.

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Babies & Toddlers

At Magic, we believe that every child deserves special treatment in order to develop their own unique personality.

Babies and Toddlers are catered for in separate and secure areas which are colourful, light and stimulating and there are cosy rest and sleep areas.

There is access to an outdoor roof garden on the same floor at Finchley and this gives the opportunity for indoor and outdoor learning experiences.

A wide range of toys and equipment will encourage imaginative and creative play. Planned activities will enhance learning and development, which is based around the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

 



Pre School

Learning should be fun and each day is a continuous adventure for your child. Stimulating structured and child-initiated activities provide the foundation for your child’s development. We are committed to equal opportunities for all children.

In this supportive, secure and caring environment children develop a positive approach toward their learning while working at their own pace. This makes the acquisition of knowledge fun and engaging for them as they develop new skills. From dinosaur lovers to dressing-up enthusiasts, we will create activities to capture your child’s imagination and embrace their natural curiosity.

To ensure that we meet each child’s individual needs, staff make observations and notes. This enables your child’s key person to plan the next stage in their learning journey.

We encourage outdoor play, whatever the weather and our unique rooftop garden provides this facility, come rain or shine. At Magic Nursery Finchley, when it is time to go back inside, some children may choose to use our fantastic tube slide. Magic Nursery Muswell Hill has a unique indoor garden with real trees, a treehouse and even a beach hut!

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Partnerships with Parents

Your involvement with your child’s day-to-day life at Magic is really important to us. You know your child best of all, so we value your input and strive to build a close relationship between home and nursery, including working together on your child’s learning journey using our industry leading software Tapestry.

When your child has their settling in sessions, this will be a valuable opportunity for you to get to know their key person. You can sit down for a chat and share as much information as possible about your child’s individual needs.

When your child first comes to Magic, we will ask you to complete a Child Health and Information Record (which includes an ‘All About Me’ sheet) and this information will be updated at regular intervals.

We love parents to get involved, so occasionally we might ask you to help with cultural festivals and celebrations, topics of interest and trips out.

You will be able to talk to us about your child informally on a daily basis, when we will share the day’s activities with you. Every six months, we have our more formal parents’ evenings when we can discuss your child’s progress.

 



Our Curriculum

Children are like sponges, soaking up information about the world around them from the moment they are born. At Magic we embrace this natural curiosity and enthusiasm for life with a curriculum based around learning through play.

Every child is treated as an individual and encouraged to learn at his or her own pace. The warm, friendly Magic environment allows children to develop self-confidence and independence as they begin their social development. Through both child-led play and adult-led activities, your child will build positive relationships with nursery staff and learn to play alongside and make friends with other children.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is made up of six overlapping areas of learning and development:

•   Personal, Social and Emotional Development
•   Communication, Language and Literacy
•   Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
•   Knowledge and Understanding of the World
•   Physical Development
•   Creative Development

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Food & Nutrition

All our food is freshly prepared on site by our qualified chefs.

We use fresh fruit and vegetables daily and our balanced menus provide plenty of variety. Nutritious meals are rotated on a four-weekly basis, encouraging children to develop healthy eating habits for life. We provide a low fat, low sugar diet and avoid harmful colourings and flavourings. We also cater for dietary needs of individual children.

Our mealtimes are a relaxed, sociable experience where children can enjoy trying new tastes and textures, encouraged by staff and reassured by their familiar surroundings. Our menus reflect the diversity of cultures that we enjoy.



Our Staff

Our wonderful staff are key to the success of Magic. With positive leadership by our experienced nursery managers, our staff team is committed to creating a healthy, happy environment for all our children.

All our Managers have a wealth of experience within the Childcare Industry with over 50 years’ experience between the 3 of them. Their passion to inspire each and every worker to be the best carer they can be has enabled us to recruit and retain a remarkably strong work force across the group of nurseries.

We select our staff for their experience, dedication and enthusiasm for working with young children. Many of our staff are well-qualified, early years professionals, while others are in the early stages of their careers, working towards childcare qualifications. We invest in regular training courses to keep all staff informed and up to date. This means that they work to the highest professional standards, bringing new ideas based on the latest thinking back to the nursery, and giving your child the best possible care and education.

Your child’s safety is as important to us as it is to you. All staff hold an Enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau check) and attend Child Protection training. We also aim to have as many staff as possible with a Food Hygiene Certificate and trained in First Aid.

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