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Centre Practices - Enjoy 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

Testimonials - Why are we magic?

Settling–In Procedures
The beginning at Magic Garden is critical.  Parents and children are welcome and important.  This is when relationships between home and centre start, where a sense of belonging and trust develops.  Parents, children and teachers together create a pattern of communication and reciprocity. Teachers and parents give these beginnings time. Key teachers in each centre support families and their children with settling and transitions. Parents come with their children to the centre and work closely with the teachers to help the child become familiar with the new environment. Teachers respect the attachment of the child to the parents, with parents separating as the child feels secure in the new surroundings. Drawing with chalkTeachers need to be aware of the child’s routines, interests, skills and patterns and parents need to know the teachers and how the centre works.

For children for whom English is not their first language, special planning needs to occur to enable comfortable settling for the child and the new family.

Transitions
Transitions between centres are carefully planned according to the needs of the child and as vacancies occur. This allows for overlapping of ages and flexibility of arrangements in the programmes. Parents are asked to be closely involved in transitions.  Meanwhile, with the support of key teachers, children will be visiting the new centre during the day to establish new relationships and become familiar with the new centre.

Careful attention is given to children proceeding to school.

Meals
Children enjoy meals prepared in our central kitchenWe have a large central kitchen with a cook and assistant to prepare meals and provide a nutritious, fortnightly rotating lunch menu. Close attention is given to children who have allergies. Water is available for drinking at all times. Children are provided with a variety of snacks and fruit for morning and afternoon tea.

In the Over Three Centre we have a 'Lunch Box' day once a month  that parents provide as a school preparation activity.  Here unwrapping packaging, awareness of different food choices, and experimenting with a different eating style is part of children's learning.

Policies
Click here if you wish to view our Positive Behaviour for Learning: Fostering Social Competence Policy.
Click here if you wish to view our Child Protection Policy.

ERO
The Education Review Office (ERO) undertakes reviews of Early Childhood Education Services and schools thoughout New Zealand. If you wish to view our latest ERO report please click on the relevant centre:
ERO Report for the Infant and Toddler Centre
ERO Report for the Over Two Centre
ERO Report for the Over Three Centre

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