A parent recently commented “It’s striking how well the staff get on together and how much you love working here”. This is because we’re unusual; our core staff, all of whom are mothers, have been with Magic Box for years. We’re colleagues as well as friends who work together as a close, professional unit. And we absolutely love the work we do. The reward of nurturing children’s confidence, and watching them blossom ready for school, motivates us each and every day.
Play | learn | grow together
Children who are engaged are always more enthusiastic to learn so it is imperative for us to hear from both them and their parents about what interests them. We do this through a comprehensive ‘All about me’ form at the outset and by building a strong on-going relationship with families and carers. We then shape activities around these interests, as well as by taking inspiration from the wealth of countryside resources on our doorstep.
Working with Ofsted
We strive tirelessly to improve our practice by observing, listening and evaluating our daily approach and activities. Our goal is to achieve the very best for all our children and their families, in a warm, enabling environment. Read our latest Ofsted report.
I feel completely confident in the staff – they look after my child as I would if I wasn’t at work.”PARENT
Pre-school Manager NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care & Education
I joined in 2002 and still really enjoy the privilege of working with pre-school children, preparing them for the next stage in their learning journey. I oversee all aspects of the running of Magic Box.
Pre-school Leader NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care & Education, Safeguarding Lead
I started as a parent helper when my children attended Magic Box before joining the team. My role is to support the manager and staff. We have a special bond as a team and are constantly bringing new ideas and experiences enhancing the children’s learning both inside and out in our fantastic rural environment.
Favourite activities – I really enjoy storytelling. I love watching the children become fully immersed in stories, inspiring their imagination. Story telling encourages children to share their own experiences, expanding on their knowledge and language skills.
Pre-school Practitioner CACHE Level 3 in Pre-school Practice
My favourite activity at Magic Box is cooking with the children. It covers all sevens areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We encourage children to use their senses to explore new foods. I love the fact that we can take raw ingredients and make a delicious soup or fresh crusty bread for our snack. We hope to inspire a love of cooking and baking from an early age.
My other passion which is one shared by all the staff is being outside at much as possible doing Forest school inspired activities, such as using tools to cut and hammer wood, make stickmen as props to use with the story. Make clay faces on the trees in the park, bark rubbing and bug hunts.
Pre-school Practitioner Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
I love being outside, we have a fantastic outdoor environment which we fully utilise to support the children’s learning thorough play. We regularly go on village walks, exploring our natural surroundings.
We have our own garden with a purpose built mud kitchen and sandpit. We grow seasonal vegetables and flowers. We are adjacent to a play park with various play equipment and a wooden house for stories and singing sessions.