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History, Background and Location - Developing the magic

Welcome - Join the magic

History, Background and Location - Developing the magic

Hours, Ratios and Fee Structure - Discover the magic

Philosophy and Curriculum - What makes us magic?

Centre Practices - Enjoy the magic

Parents / Whãnau are involved in the magic

Leadership - How magic happens

Projects, Research and Articles - The magic that drives us

Testamonials - Why are we magic?

 

Magic Garden opened its first purpose-built centre in February 1998 - Magic Garden East Coast Bays Care and Education Centre.  This was the first centre that Jenni, the Owner/Manager had designed and owned.  A few years later three more centres were built at Northcross. The East Coast Bays centre was sold in August 2007 leaving the three remaining Magic Garden centres within one purpose-built complex at Northcross in Browns Bay.

Siblings can make contact with each other during the dayThe Northcross complex  These three centres were opened in 2001, 2003, and 2004. The three separate centres cater for children from 0-5 years of age with rolls of:

  • Infants and Toddlers - 24 children
  • Over Two years - 36 children
  • Over Three years - 36 children

These centres were designed so that families can have uninterrupted, continous care during the whole preschool period.

Magic Garden is led by Jenni Jones, who is a qualified Primary and Early Childhood teacher, and is the owner and licensee.

Each centre has its own supervisor, assistant supervisors and a stable, competent staff team of qualified early childhood teachers. Magic Garden employs only talented and passionate people.

What makes Magic Garden special and magic?Exploring the magic of rainbows
The centre name has special significance. The name 'Magic' was chosen because the preschool years are a time when 'magic' things happen to children in their growth and development. 'Garden' is reflective of the concept of kindergarten, the preschool garden where children play. 'Care' comes first when looking after young children, and when a child is happy and settled 'Education' happens.

From it’s inception Magic Garden has been inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and practices from northern Italy, and Magda Gerba (RIE) practices, alongside the New Zealand curriculum, Te Whãriki, and the cultural values of the area.  The Reggio pedagogical approach has been described as being the best and most innovative approach in the world (Newsweek, 1991). The Magda Gerber approach for 0-3 years is based on respect for the child, and complements the Reggio approach in style. These approaches naturally build on, expand, and extend the New Zealand curriculum, Te Whãriki. These influences have impacted on everyone who comes to Magic Garden: the management, the teachers, the children and parents.

The outside environment as the third teacherThe centres are purpose-built and have space to develop in a Reggio manner.  It is here that the environments are designed to be the third teacher; where the concept of the image of the child as being a competant, capable learner collaborating within a community of learners is held; where strong relationships with parents and all adults are valued; where listening to the child is important to be able to interpret and elaborate their ideas; where documentation of children's learning in multiple ways traces the children's experiences and work.

We encourage you to visit the Reggio Emilia website at www.reggiochildren.it

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