Your questions answered
Here you can find answers to the most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please just give us a ring or send us an email.
What is your settling in policy?
We invite you to a stay and play session with your child which is usually an hour, then another where your child stays on their own. We know that this can be a big moment for you and your child. Each child has individual wants and needs, particularly in a new setting away from people they know so we work hard to understand and support these needs, adapting sessions as needed.
What do I need to provide for my child?
Full change of clothes, wellies, a water bottle and packed lunch all labelled. In winter, gloves, hat and warm coat; in summer, a sunhat. We provide suncream. If your child is not potty trained, we’re happy to change nappies but just ask you to provide a daily supply of nappies and wipes.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
No – we have facilities to change children and support them with potty training when they are ready.
Do you provide lunch/snacks?
We provide healthy snacks every morning, along with milk/water to drink. We often cook and bake, and try to use produce from our own garden too. Parents are asked to provide a healthy packed lunch with no chocolate, sweets or nuts.
How will I know how my child is getting on?
Your child is allocated a key person as part of a small group of other children in that person’s care. This key person does regular 1:1 work with your child, recording all aspects of this in their Learning Diary, as well as photographs. Children’s Learning Diaries are available to see at any time, and are also sent home throughout the year to keep you in touch with their progress and activities. We also hold inductions with parents/carers, and a sit-down review is arranged later in the year. We have an open-door policy which means that staff are always available to discuss a child’s needs/development. Our staff are very approachable and open.
When can my child start Magic Box?
We can take children from two years old. Unfortunately our insurance does not cover us for children younger than this.
What are your opening hours?
We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9–3pm term time only.
Sessions: morning 9–12 Lunch 12–12.30 Afternoon 12.30–3pm
You can choose your sessions or do whole days. We usually find that children love it so much that they end up doing full days! We respectfully ask parents/carers to arrive promptly to pick up their children.
Can I get involved with Magic Box?
You are always welcome to join our committee. We encourage visits from parents and carers to share an activity or read a story too.
What are the fees?
We charge £4.85 per hour with no hidden extras. Your child will be eligible for government funding the term after their third birthday. Please contact us for further information.