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Testimonials - Why are we magic?

Welcome - Join the magic

History, Background and Location - Developing the magic

Hours, Ratios and Fee Structure - Discover the magic

Philosophy and Curriculum - What makes us magic?

Centre Practices - Enjoy the magic

Parents / Whãnau are involved in the magic

Leadership - How magic happens

Projects, Research and Articles - The magic that drives us

Testimonials - Why are we magic?

Here are some comments from parents, visitors, colleagues, and other professionals that we would like to share:

While the name, Magic Garden, suggests a world of wonder to satisfy the children’s curiosity and interest, the centre is the result of intentional professional study of two respected philosophies – RIE™ and Reggio Emilia Approach.  While each philosophy is distinctively different, they have common threads that are reflected in the commitment to responsive, reciprocal relationships with the parent(s) and the child and respect for the natural curiosity of the child and their inner drive to create their own learning.  Jenni and the staff weave these threads beautifully throughout their Centres – Infants and Toddlers, Over Twos, and Over Threes.  It is reflected in the organic, unfolding of the curriculum and the environment, responding to the natural development of the each child.  Polly Elam

Jenni and Allan continue to demonstrate their commitment to implementing an infant and toddler program, influenced by RIE™, through major facility changes to enhance the infant and toddler environment.   Likewise, they support professional development by funding staff to attend courses and seminars sponsored by New Zealand Infant and Toddler Consortium and personal on-going contact with me.

I am extremely proud to be a small part of the magic at Magic Garden. - Polly Elam, RIE Associate and Mentor Teacher

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Magic Garden is an excellent early learning centre. The standard of care, education and social skills that are imparted to the children is exceptional. These, combined with the consistency of staff, makes for great peace of mind as a parent. - Jo Coleman, Parent, 2013

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Simon teaches his daddy

Simon teaches his daddy what he has learned at Magic Garden in this way. Where else could it have come from. I now have a little five year old who goes around seeing relationships between things that adults never bother to see. Our view of the world is formed in the early years and I am glad that you have put in place the building blocks needed for a clear understanding of the all the important relationships in the world and how they create its beauty joy, pain. You seem to have a busy little hive of minds together exploring the reality around them, and showing each other the secret world of children that we adults have lost the ability to see. I am confident that many of them will go on to do better things because of their time with you. - Dr John Pinfold, Parent, 2014

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Magic Garden has provided our two children with some amazing learning oportunities. They have had chances to try new things, consolidate what they know, share their own thoughts and have had fun doing it. Our son was so settled when he started school thanks to the skills he learnt and developed through the teachers at Magic Garden, and our daughter is having the same experiences. She comes home and shows us things that she has learnt at Magic Garden and it is wonderful to see. - Di Edgoose, Parent, 2014

We have been attached to Magic Garden for 6 1/2 years. In that time both our children have grown, learnt, developed into thinking human beings. They were and are ready for school because of the hard work the teachers have put into them in their time there. - Di Edgoose, Parent, 2015

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We are so thrilled that we have been able to join the Magic Garden family and have already seen a huge benefit to Ayla in the six months she has been there.  Each day we express our gratitude to the teachers in the Over Two Centre, as it feels like they have created a second home for Ayla.  We are so happy with the staff you have in the Over Two Centre, they are all exceptionally kind, patient and caring and we feel they are giving Ayla a creative, warm, supportive environment in which to grow.

I’m a firm believer that family circles and daycare circles are not mutually exclusive and what happens at one feeds into the other.  Adrienne and her team of lovely teachers foster positive emotions in the children which feed back into family life, ultimately leading to happier families.

With thanks from a happy family, Taneal, Daniel and Ayla Gulliver, 2014

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Magic Garden has been an excellent choice for our daughter. We have been impressed with the range of activities and experiences offered to her, and the level of care is exceptional at Magic Garden. I never worried about my daughter while she attended Magic Garden, and I felt that the teachers were always friendly, well prepared, and that they really understood her personality and interests. I would recommend Magic Garden to anyone. Thank you Magic Garden! - Junindi Hugo, Parent, 2015

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Magic Garden has povided our boy with a continual family/educational environment from six months through to five years of age. He has thrived and developed into a confident and caring young boy. As parents we have always been happy with the level of care and committment given to our children by everyone at Magic Garden. We couldn't have hoped for anything more. - Jo Beattie, Parent, 2015

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I can't say "thank you" enough to the staff at Magic Garden. We transferred from another daycare and the transformation was instant. We were always welcomed with a smile and genuine interest in all the family and have made some wonderful friends. 'Tis the end of a chapter. Thanks for everything. - The Anderson Family, 2015

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Magic Garden has provided my children with a caring, stimulating environment from the time that they were babies. The teachers are very processional and have a genuine care for all their children. My boys had a very happy space to grow and formed treasured relationships with their teachers. As a teacher myself, I am always impressed at their thought and purposeful placement of toys and activities to best encourage child interests and developmental stages. I am truly happy we chose Magic Garden as our ECE provider. - Hillary Mann, Parent, 2017

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We are so happy with our Magic Garden journey so far. He was in the Toddler room for 7 months and has just moved to the Over Twos. The team in the Toddler room are amazing. We are so grateful for their nurturing, teaching, kindness and guidance. Our son has absolutely thrived in his time there. We can see how much he enjoys Magic Garden and that warms our hearts. Thank you so much Nicky and team. We would highly recommend Magic Garden. Many thanks. - Mel and Tipu Ngapo,Parents, 2017

Our son went to Magic Garden from 18 months to almost 3 years. We would recommend to everyone. He learned so much and grew in his independence and got to experience all sorts of things we didn't have at home. we saw his creativity blossom, and the teachers really got to know him and his interests. Although our son is quiet during the day, he comes home full of stories and songs from his day. Thanks Magic Garden for taking such good care of our boy. - Mel and Tipu Ngapo, Parents, 2018

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We have really enjoyed our time at Magic Garden, in both the Over Two and Over Three Centre. The teachers are all friendly and super supportive of Jaxon's development, providing both written and email updates on his activities in the centre. Magic Garden provides children with spacious indoor and outdoor play areas with heaps of different activities for them to engage in. The lovely office staff and ample off street parking also made drop offs and pick ups that much easier. Thanks. - Shannon Emerson, Parent, 2018

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We are so happy that our daughter, Zara, was able to spend 3 years at Magic Garden from the age of 2-5. The level of care and love shown by all of the staff is second to none. Each and every one of Zara's teachers has helped her to grow and develop into the confident, sociable and friendly 5 year old she is today. We are sad to be leaving this fantastic pre-school and we thank everyone for the wonderful, challenging and fun-filled journey they have taken Zara on over the last 3 years. I highly recommend Magic Garden as an extremely high quality ECE provider. You won't find one better! - Katy Genc, Parent, 2018

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Sending our son to Magic Garden was the best decision we could have made. Our son spoke very little and was unwilling to be away from Mum when he moved to Magic Garden from another centre. At Magic Garden he has been well supported to be away from his parents and has largely grown in confidence. Furthermore, his language skills have developed so that he now has the social skills required to start school. Magic Garden has given our son all the love and support he has needed to transition from a toddler to a confident school boy. We will greatly miss the friendly staff and sense of community that we have found at Magic Garden. - Renee Mackay, Parent, 2018

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Magic Garden is a magic place where children are fully supported. The whole sysytem and all the teachers underpin children's holistic development. My daughter had an unforgettable and precious experience in Magic Garden. Thank you so much, all the lovely teachers. - Di Zheng, Parent, 2019

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Magic Garden is an outstanding ECE centre. The staff are knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and honest. The key teacher develops a bond with your child and tracks their development through their portfolio. The programmes are child-centred and reflect the interests of the kids. Magic Garden has a warm community feel and the staff take an interest in the chldren's home experiences. We have had such an amazing experience at Magic Garden. - Lisa Leggett, Parent, 2019

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Sam has been at Magic Garden for four years, joining the Infant and Toddler room just after his first birthday. He has been through all three rooms and I can honestly say that we have had a wonderful experience. All the staff, from management and admin, to teachers and caretakers, are welcoming and friendly, to children and parents. If I ever had a parenting question, someone was always willing to make time to discuss my concerns. As a first time Mum dropping off my baby I struggled, but the teachers were so supportive and regularly rang me to let me know everything was ok. As Sam moved to each new room we had the whole settling process again and every time he was supported and encouraged. The confident and caring five year old I have today has a huge amount to do with the wonderful care he has received at Magic Garden. My family live overseas and to me, and Sam, Magic Garden is like a second home. The warm, family environment you have created is beautiful. The way you teach the children about respect and kindness is so important. And the feedback I receive about Sam is always so encouraging. Thank you for four fantastic years. We will miss you. - Amy, Parent, 2018

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You live up to the name Magic Garden!
Meaningful relationships founded upon respect and empathy
Attention to thoughtfully preparing the environment
Goldsworthy and nature-inspired exploration
Intentional teaching fortified by reflective practice
Children central to engaging in MAGIC…
- Bev Hartman Senior Lecturer, Pacific Oaks College San Jose, California, USA, 2019

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The three baskets from a Maori legend represent the knowledge of ritual, memory and prayer and the knowledge that is evil and harmful to human kind.” Your work, passion, respect, love and hope drew me into deep reflection through your storytelling. It is a gift I will carry in my hear and remember the knowledge and joy that is visible throughout your environments. I will take home with me your stories and the magic that has evolved over time with the children, families, and each other. A basket will be filled with questions for me to consider on how I can honour rituals, and memories of my time together with you in New Zealand as I journey home. I will continue to pray for all of the people of New Zealand as you seek comfort and peace in the tomorrows to come. My hope is that my basket of prayers sails the healing sea for all humankind. With heartfelt gratitude for my learning. - Tracy Saarikoski, RECE, AECEO.C, BA Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, 2019

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There were so many magical moments for me as I toured your school and interacted with the students and teachers but one aspect I will take back with me is the planning journals. What a brilliant way to document the children’s interests, work, and conversations to share with each other—and so practical to then copy it to share with parents or use bits in children’s portfolios. Your understanding of schemas to plan the environment in a way that is deeply meaningful and engaging for the children was evident in every nook and cranny—each rainbow or reflection; light or shadow; and dark enclosure or glimpse of bling! Thank you for sharing your goal journals with us as well. What a strong model for teachers to be accountable for their own learning and evolution. I appreciate the honesty and transparency in having them shared in a journal for all to see. Thank you for welcoming us all into the Magic Garden! The children and families are truly blessed to share it with you all! - Briana Taylor, Santa Rosa Junior College Children’s Center, Santa Rosa, California, USA, 2019

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There were SO many bits of magic happening as we toured your program this morning! But the one that has stayed with me most vividly is the magic of watching an older toddler as she explored a mat, blanket, and dolls. It was remarkable to me because, through the gift of ample TIME and SPACE that your program affords the children, she was able to: discover that she could see through the tiny holes in the mat; experiment with how the mat moved when she shook it; try out arranging the materials on the floor instead of the table where they had been; arrange and rearrange the mat and blanket so that they served different purposes; lay the babies down, observe and reflect, then move them ever so slightly before covering them; pat the babies and act out the caregiving that she had received at home and school; and….?? I can only imagine what else she did because I (reluctantly) had to leave. But I thought to myself how different her interactions and explorations with those materials would have been if: 1) she had been hustled off to an activity that a teacher had planned, just because it was on the schedule; 2) an over-eager teacher had been playing with her and peppering her with questions and comments; or 3) there had been three other toddlers in the same space (because there were few other options), competing with her for the materials. Happily, because of your wisdom, she had room—spatial, social and temporal—to explore to her heart’s content, to answer her own questions and come up with new ones, and to build her own knowledge as the capable learner you trust her to be. THAT, my dear colleagues, was pure magic to watch and a priceless gift to her! Thank you for letting us get a peek at the magic you make each day with your children and families. - Kathy Reschke Senior Content Specialist, ZERO TO THREE, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2019

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Dear Magic Garden family, thank you for inviting us into your space, your passion, and your family, for letting us discover the magic of our own learning, and for sharing your very unique and diverse curriculum. I enjoyed witnessing the evidence of respect, love, collaboration, and caring social interactions between all the members of you Magic Garden family: tamariki and grown-ups as a whole. I take in my heart this beautiful learning experience to share with my school community in San Francisco, California, and with my family in Mexico City, where my kupuna, my river, and my majestic mountain Popocatepetl are looking at me. - Adriana Bertumen, San Francisco, California, USA, 2019

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At Magic Garden all our family always felt very welcome. Management and Magic Garden's team are very approachable, give us full attention and explained things very clearly. They provide a wide range of creative activities for our kids. Our children have developed good behaviour patterns and have learned many valuable life skills. They have grown into confident kids being ready for school. Thank you to everyone at Magic Garden, we had an amazing journey with you. - Magda and Chris Jones, Parents, 2019

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