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Projects, Research and Articles - The magic that drives us

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?

Children enjoy outdoor playAt Magic Garden we use documentation to capture the magic of our children's learning. Children can see their work valued in our photos, parents/whãnau can read about their child's learning, and teachers explore how to gather the amazing insights with documentation.

At Magic Garden we place a strong empasis on ongoing professional development with all our teachers. This drives our programmes, enables teachers to complete their teacher registration at a quality level, and connects the three centres with understandings of Reggio Emilia, Magda Gerber (RIE), and Te Whāriki, our early childhood curriculum.

As you browse through the following links you will find evidence of our commitment to excellence. You will catch a glimpse of our relationships in action, our learning environments, and some of our documentation and project work.

Projects
In 2012 our Over Two Centre completed a project focusing on exploring 'white'. Click on the following link to view our documentation of the children's learning.
White on White Project

In 2015 the first of a series of picture books featuring the adventures of Pooky was created. Click on the following link to see more.
Pooky and the Leaky Roof

In 2016 the second of a series of picture books featuring the adventures of Pooky was created. Click on the following link to see more.
Pooky and the Kapa Haka Group

In 2017 our Infant and Toddler Centre teachers completed a project exploring how children are 'Born Researchers'. Click on the following link to view our documentation about this.
Born Researchers

In 2017 our Over Three Centre teachers and children explored the idea of using worry dolls as a way of coping with feelings. Click on the following link to view their work.
Worry Dolls Project

Articles
The following are articles that we want to share with parents/whãnau because they contain valuable reading for those who care for children from day to day.
'M' is for Monkeybars by Gill Connell (2017, Moving Smart)
Discipline without Shouting, Force or Fluster by John Cowan (2011, Parents Inc.)
Destination Browns Bay article about our Kapa Haka Group (2014)
Torbay News article about the history of Magic Garden (2014)

 

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