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“Staff provide a wide range of interesting resources and activities covering all areas of learning both indoors and out, which motivates and engages children in their learning and development.”

– Extract from our Ofsted Report

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About Us


We are a privately-owned nursery which is open term time Monday through to Thursday 8am – 4pm and Friday 8am – 1pm. The nursery was opened in 1995 and is based in a beautifully restored former Victorian primary school in Weyhill, on the outskirts of Andover, Hampshire.

There are four bright, well-equipped classrooms, each with toilet facilities as well as enclosed gardens and securely fenced play areas for outside play. There is also an on-site car park.

We have one smaller classroom for the two year olds and three larger classrooms for mixed age ranging from 2 years 9 months to 5 years.

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Building Confidence


Starting nursery is a daunting experience for parents and for children alike. We run a Parent & Toddler group as a way of introducing younger children to the nursery.

Each child is unique and the Montessori method celebrates this by giving the child freedom to learn at their own pace and within their own boundaries. Many children are naturally curious and want to learn, so our staff are there to guide rather than ‘teach’.

When your child first joins us, they will begin with the simplest exercises, based on activities they enjoy, and then, as their concentration grows and co-ordination develops, they are encouraged to move to the next stage.

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Learning Environment


At The Magic Tower we carefully monitor every child’s progress to identify key factors in their learning curriculum and encourage the child to select individual activities that correspond to these crucial phases in their development.

Staff follow the learning and development requirements of the early years foundation stage and Montessori curriculum, to provide a stimulating environment for children.

They plan tailored activities and experiences to meet children’s individual needs; these excite children and encourage them to play and learn. Children have good opportunities to enjoy learning and develop to the best of their potential.

Our staff


All our teachers are professionally qualified in early years teaching methods and we are proud of having one of the best staff retention rates in the county.

Our commitment to you


All our staff are committed to keeping you closely in touch with your child’s progress. Any concerns that may arise are discussed and resolved as soon as possible.

Meet the Staff:


Directors: Mr Anthony White & Mrs Briony White
Nursery Manager: Mrs Tonya Rhodes
Deputy Manager: Mrs Heidi Wright

Teachers:


Mrs Stephanie Cheng
Mrs Nicola Hazou
Mrs Catherine Shears
Miss Sarah Elsey
Mrs Janine Flint
Mrs Sarah Hevicon

Class Supervisors:


Mrs Heidi Wright (Rabbits)
Mrs Trish White (Winnies)
Mrs Wendy Meaton (Tiglets)
Miss Bibi Timms (Tiglets)

Assistants


Mrs Caroline Bennett
Mrs Liz Barnett

Sessions


The Magic Tower is open from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8 am to 1 pm on Friday.

Times

The school day is divided into morning and afternoon sessions.
Morning Session 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Extended Morning Session 8.00 am – 12.00 pm
Afternoon Session 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Extended Afternoon Session 12.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Short Afternoon Session (2 – 3 yrs) 12.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Nursery School Full Day 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Extended Full Day 8.00 am – 4.00 pm

Note: 8.30 am drop-off and 1.00 pm pick-up/3.30 pm pick-up are possible with prior arrangements.

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Autumn Term 2017


Tuesday 5 September 2017 – Beginning of Autumn Term

Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October inclusive – Half Term

Wednesday 20 December – End of Autumn Term

 

Spring Term 2018


Thursday 4 January 2018 – Beginning of Spring Term

Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February inclusive – Half Term

Thursday 29 March – End of SpringTerm

 

Summer Term 2018


Tuesday 17 April – Beginning of Summer Term

Monday 7 May – May Day Holiday

Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June inclusive – Half Term

Thursday 19 July – End of Summer Term

 


Autumn Term 2018


Tuesday 4 September – Beginning of Autumn Term

Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October inclusive – Half Term

Wednesday 19 December – End of AutumnTerm

 

Spring Term 2019


Monday 7 January – Beginning of Spring Term

Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February inclusive – Half Term

Friday 5 April – End of Spring Term

 


Please note that the school will be closed on any day that
is declared a Public Holiday.

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Our Policies

In compliance with OFSTED requirements, the Magic Tower has policies covering all aspects of the nursery including Safeguarding Children, Equality of Opportunity, Promoting Health and Hygiene, Employment, Health and Safety, Administration, Child Care Practice, Partnership with Parents and other Agencies and Record Keeping. A Policy Folder is available to parents of the school on request from the Class Supervisors.

No Nuts, No Sesame Policy

We adhere to a strict ‘No Nuts, No Sesame’ policy throughout our nursery school.

Infection Control Policy

If your child develops any form of illness please inform the school promptly – this will enable us to take any necessary action to minimise the risk of infection, and also to inform vulnerable persons who may be exposed to the infection.

Parent and Toddler Group

 

During term time we hold a weekly Parent & Toddler group on Thursday from 3.30-4.30pm. We charge just £2 for one adult and one child; any additional children are 50p each. There is a cup of tea for parents and a drink and biscuit for the children. Please let us know if you would like to come along – new faces welcome all the time!

For children who are registered to join the Magic Tower, we encourage parents to bring them to the Toddler group regularly prior to them starting as this helps them settle in easily when they do start.

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