Welcome to Magic Kingdom
Since we opened our doors in September our children have been very busy playing, exploring, learning and having fun! We make sure to give the children a holistic programme of activities to stimulate all senses. Every month each class covers a different topic and some of these topics have been Christmas, Healthy Eating, The World Around Us, People Who Helps Us, Easter and many more. Our carers come up with new, fun and exciting ways for the children to learn about the world they live in.
Below are just a few photos of the children enjoying some of these fun activities
On September 12th 2015, Magic Kingdom opened their doors to the public to allow everyone to view the centre and enrol their children. There were lots of fun games and activities for the children to enjoy such as cooking, painting, dancing, crafts, outdoor play, story time, face painting, balloon animals and more. While the children enjoyed themselves the parents were shown around the centre and were told about our Policies and Procedures, Curriculum and Daily Routines.
It was a great success!
Below please find pictures of our fun filled day.
The Opening of Magic Kingdom
After the successful takeover of Barney’s Childcare and Development Centre back in 2013, the directors of Apex Community Care decided to expand and open up another childcare centre.
Finding the right location with enough natural light and space to allow the children to play feely, was no easy feat. Finally construction works on Magic Kingdom began in June of 2015 and after three months of hard work, the end result was a fantastic state of the art childcare centre! We opened our doors in September 2015
Below please find pictures of the journey.
Curriculum Content: Magic Kingdom has a set curriculum for each class which breaks down step by step, the activities the children will be doing each week. This is to ensure that they receive a holistic education through different games, activities, crafts, songs etc. We also keep in mind that we are dealing with young children so things may not always go according to plan and we adapt as need be.
By the time your child leaves us to start kinder garden they would have already been introduced to: colours, numbers, shapes, the alphabet etc, which are all taught in further detail at school. We also focus on everyday practical skills to encourage independence. All this will help to make the transition from nursery to kinder garden easier for your child.
Behaviour Guidance: There are a number of techniques for managing behaviour. Carers need to choose the one that suites the situation and child, and the one that can be applied by the care giver with confidence. Techniques include: distraction, compromise, reward and penalties, logical consequences, negotiation, arbitration, delegation of responsibilities, allowing children to settle conflicts, humour and time out. If time out is used as a behaviour strategy, the child will not be isolated. The child will sit and watch the acceptable behaviour of the group after the reason for the time out has been explained to him/her. Time outs will be no longer than 1 minute per calendar year of the child’s age.
Safety: Magic Kingdom Childcare and Development Centre does its best to not only meet the standards set by the Department for Social Welfare, but to go over and above these standards. We take the necessary precautions to make sure your child’s safety is never compromised.
All our staff are fully qualified and have all taken Paediatric First Aid courses which are refreshed every few years. Our First Aid boxes are fully equipped with all the necessary contents and is easily available to all staff members.
Just a few more of the precautions we have taken are: walls of our centre are padded, only age appropriate toys are provided, all plugs and light switches are out of reach, gates for every room, cleaning products are locked up in a safe place, electrical systems and equipment are regularly checked and certified by an electrical engineer/licensed electrician, installed fire alarm, the floor of outdoor area has the appropriate soft flooring etc.
Our premises are equipped with CCTV camera. The front door to our centre can only be opened by the manager/carers, after they have verified the identity of the person outside through our cameras. The entrance to our nursery is a waiting area. A locked door leads to the rest of the school, which again can only be opened by the manager or carers. Upon registration we will ask you to provide us with a list of people who are allowed to pick up your child. Should a situation arise where a person who is not on this list have to pick up your child, you will need to call us in advance and provide us with the ID number of this person. During pick up, this person will have to show us their ID and only then will we be able to hand over the child.
Data protection: All records and development reports of each child are locked up in the office and are only available to the manager and carers on a need to know basis. A while after your child has left us to go to school, these documents are shredded.
Above is a brief description of our Policies and Procedures. Please contact us should you require further information.
Welcome to Magic Kingdom! Your child is almost ready to start nursery and below you will find some helpful information about what to expect on this very important first day!
At Magic Kingdom, we appreciate and understand that starting nursery is a huge step in a child’s life – and that this applies equally to parents! Our aim is to make this a happy and exciting experience for everyone concerned and we can achieve this in various ways, with your help.
What to bring with you: Nursery is lots of fun but is sometimes messy! So, don’t bring your child to school in their best clothes. Soft indoor shoes with rubber soles and without buckles are to be left at school, for comfort, hygiene and safety! Remember to bring a sun hat for sunny days. We have loads of toys and books for everyone so unless there is someone like teddy that they just can’t be parted from right now, please leave special things at home.
- Apron for painting
- Nappy Bags
- Extra set of clothes in case they get dirty/wet
- Bottles/formula/water (breast milk may be left in the fridge)
- Apron for painting (when child is 10 months and over)
- Nappy Bags
- Extra set of clothes in case they get dirty/wet
- Any teethers/teething gel
- Dummies/cloths your baby uses for comfort
Please make sure that EVERYTHING is labelled
Arriving and Communicating: Your child’s keyworker will welcome you on your arrival and discuss with you any necessary details such as, whether or not he/she had a settled night/morning etc. Two way communication is a very vital part of our nursery routine, so please take this daily opportunity to update us on any aspect of your or your child’s wellbeing.
Leaving your child: We understand that this may be an emotional time for you at first, but please be assured that you are leaving your child in the best possible hands. If your child is old enough to understand, it is always best to prepare them in the days leading up to their first day, about what is going to happen. Always be sure to keep repeating that you will be coming back for them soon and that they are going to have lots of fun at school. On the first day you may enter with your child for the first 10 minutes or so till your child settles. For the first few days we suggest leaving your child for only a few hours at a time, during which you and the manager will be in constant contact about their progress. Should your child get a little upset, we will do our best to cuddle, comfort and distract them with toys, activities and crafts as best we can. If the carer feels that they have had enough for the day, we will contact you and call it a day. A plan of action will then be discussed for the following days until you and your child feel comfortable to attempt a full day at the nursery.
Keeping in touch: You are most welcome to call at any time throughout the nursery day if you need further reassurance that your child is settled and happy. We generally find however, that first few days are much more traumatic for parents than for children.
Collecting your child: After a happy reunion your child, the carer will give you a verbal update on your child’s activities, participation and progress. We also fill in a daily report each day which will be put in your child’s bag to keep you further updated about your child’s daily activities, eating habits, nappy changes etc. Parents/guardians are requested to inform staff if any other person who is not already listed on our registration form, is to collect their child. For security reasons ensure that the ID card number and necessary details are given.
Eating, sleeping and playing: Boys and girls have the right size tables and chairs where they sit together to eat their snacks and lunch prepared from home. We can keep food refrigerated and we can reheat in the microwave. We do not however prepare food ourselves, unless it’s our cooking activity day J Kindly always send food ready cooked, peeled, chopped, washed etc. After lunch we have ‘quiet time’ where the children can have a little sleep or read a book.
Crafts: At the end of every month we will send home all the crafts your child has made. I am sure they will be very excited to show you their master pieces!
It is very simple and easy to enrol your child with us.
Give us a call on 21336366 / 79336366 to book an appointment to come and view our centre. Feel free to bring your little one along with you. You will be shown around the premises and we will explain the different curriculums and daily routines of each age group. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the way our centre works.
Once you have decided to enrol your child with us, we can discuss the options that best suit you and your child. You will have to fill in our registration forms with your details, the details of your child and any other necessary information. We then need to determine if you are eligible to apply for the Government Free Childcare Scheme. Please see ‘Free Childcare’ on our home page for further information about this scheme. If you do not qualify for Free Childcare, we can discuss our Private Funding packages with you.
Starting date will be determined depending on your needs, space availability and whether or not you are using the Free Childcare Scheme. Please see ‘Your Child’s First Day,’ above for further information about starting school with us