The Montessori Curriculum consists of core areas which link with The Early Years Foundation Stage, in line with primary school curriculum.
For the parents
Whether you are new to the Andover area or are looking for more information on nursery schools you can find information about our admissions here.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
Principal/Director: Mrs Su’en Miller
Nursery Manager: Mrs Tonya Rhodes
Deputy Manager: Mrs Heidi Wright
Mrs Stephanie Cheng
Mrs Nicola Hazou
Mrs Catherine Shears
Miss Sarah Elsey
Mrs Janine Flint
Mrs Sarah Hevicon
Mrs Heidi Wright (Rabbits)
Mrs Trish White (Winnies)
Mrs Wendy Meaton (Piglets)
Miss Bibi Timms (Tiggers)
Mrs Caroline Bennett
Mrs Liz Barnett
The Magic Tower is open from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8 am to 1 pm on Friday.
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.
Spring Term 2016
Monday 4 January 2016 – Beginning of Spring Term
Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February inclusive – Half Term
Wednesday 23 March – End of Spring Term
Summer Term 2016
Tuesday 12 April 2016 – Beginning of Summer Term
Monday 2 May – May Day Holiday
Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June inclusive – Half Term
Tuesday 19 July – End of Summer Term
Autumn Term 2016
Tuesday 6 September 2016 – Beginning of Autumn Term
Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October inclusive – Half Term
Thursday 15 December – End of Autumn Term
Spring Term 2017
Tuesday 3 January 2017 – Beginning of Spring Term
Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February inclusive – Half Term
Friday 7 April – End of Spring Term
Summer Term 2017
Tuesday 25 April 2017 – Beginning of Summer Term
Monday 1 May – May Day Holiday
Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June inclusive – Half Term
Friday 21 July – End of Summer Term
Please note that the school will be closed on any day that
is declared a Public Holiday.
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.
If you would like a full list of our Infection Control policy you can view it here.
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.