• Play Explore Grow


    OFSTED Approved Preschool for Bishopston, Westbury Park & Henleaze in Bristol

  • A warm welcome to Magic Dragon Preschool!

    At Magic Dragon Preschool we provide a wonderfully safe and stimulating environment where children can
    explore and learn through planned and purposeful play. We have a well-established team of highly-qualified staff who carefully plan for
    each child’s unique development and interests following the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

    When you choose Magic Dragon Preschool, you are choosing a well established, exceptional childcare and quality education in a fantastic environment. We feel sure that both you and your child will be excited when you visit.


    Please arrange a visit to come and meet our great team and see our children having fun playing, hopping, pouring, laughing, sticking, running, digging, cooking, questioning, singing, sharing, galloping, smiling, painting, exploring, experimenting, learning, squishing, creating, helping and caring amongst other things.

  • What Parents Say

    “My children have both had a great time at Magic Dragon over several years. I can’t fault it – kind, enthusiastic staff and a happy atmosphere. We shall all miss it when my youngest starts school in September.”

    Rhiannon Benson

    “My daughter thrived at Magic Dragon and developed massively in confidence. She loved coming in every single morning and could not wait to see what exciting activities were out and built up such lovely relationships with all of the amazing staff.”

    A former parent

    "For me though, the main reason for choosing Magic Dragon was the staff. They are all so welcoming and being Mums themselves, I felt that the preschool would be the nurturing environment I was looking for and it is just that!"

    Sophia 2020

    "We found Magic Dragon was of a higher quality, child focused, flexible and well organised, kind and provided a thriving spacious environment than any other child care we reviewed."

    Grandparent 2020

  • About Us

    Magic Dragon Preschool

    We provide a safe and unique learning environment that inspires our children to play, explore and grow.
    Our highly-qualified and long-standing staff team sparkles with enthusiasm and passion delivering bespoke learning experiences for each individual child’s needs. We build relationships and get to know our children really well and tailor our play experiences to each unique child. We build links with parents, carers and grandparents to create a supportive Magic Dragon Community.


    PLAY: We believe in the power of play, nurturing children's little hands and big hearts and minds. We provide a wide range of activities and experiences and we follow children's ideas and interests to help them develop.

    EXPLORE: The children enjoy playing and exploring both inside and out come rain or shine. Throughout the year, we explore our local community and festivals through trips and inviting in visitors.

    GROW: Our aim is to enable everyone to grow into curious, kind, resilient, independent and happy children.

    We have a great space to play in at Magic Dragon consisting of two large, bright halls, a smaller activity room and two different gardens allowing the children to do focused activities and the space to run around and explore the natural world. Spaces are created for the children to try different activities and experience a wide range of stimulating tasks covering all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

    The Curriculum

    At Magic Dragon we plan fun and relevant activities and provide a safe and stimulating environment both indoors and outside to help children play, explore and grow. We have a real emphasis on PLAY at Magic Dragon.


    Children develop in the 3 prime areas. These are:

    • Communication and language;
    • Physical development; and
    • Personal, social and emotional development.

    These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

    As children grow, we help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

    • Literacy;
    • Mathematics;
    • Understanding the world; and
    • Expressive arts and design.

    Click on the link at the bottom of the page for a copy of ‘What to expect when’. This is a parent’s guide on child development in the early years.


    If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development then please arrange to speak to your child’s key person or any member of our team who can help and support you.

  • Our Team

    We have a team of seven highly-qualified, experienced, dedicated and long-standing staff members who are passionate about working with children in early years. All staff go above and beyond to make sure we provide the best early education possible for every child.

    Preschool Leader and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Niki Hawke

    BSc (Hons) & PGCE

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid

    Deputy Leader and Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Ali Lloyd Jones

    BSc (Hons) & PGCE

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid


    Deputy Leader and SENCo

    Sally Wales

    BEd (Hons)

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid

    Food Hygiene

    Health & Safety Officer



    Naomi Camwell

    BA (Hons)

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid


    Sarah Oakley

    BSc (Hons) & PGCE

    Child Protection

    Paediatric First Aid



    Kate Stott

    Child Protection

    First Aid

  • Fees & Funding

    Registration Fee and Fees:

    A £40 non refundable fee is payable when submitting our registration form.

    Fees are calculated on a termly basis and payable in advance. You will receive an invoice three times a year. You will be charged even if your child is absent.

    We charge £6.25 an hour.


    Financial support:

    There are different types of financial support you may be eligible to receive to help you with the cost of childcare. The type of help you can receive will depend on your individual circumstances.

    All children attending Magic Dragon are currently eligible for the Early Education Entitlement funding of up to 15 hours per week from the January, April or September after their 3rdbirthday. You will receive the paperwork when you start at our preschool. This is subject to regular review. If you feel you may be eligible for additional hours, you can find out more at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

    HMRC Helpline 0300 123 4097

    We have funded two year old places available at our preschool. Please get in touch for further information.


    Childcare Vouchers:

    We accept Childcare vouchers, a government scheme operated through employers to allow you to pay for childcare from your pre-tax salary. An amount is deducted from your salary at source and paid directly to your childcare provider.

    For those paying fees in full, we charge £6.25 per hour.

    If you have any further questions regarding fees then please get in contact with us.


    If you wish to cancel your child’s session(s), half a term’s notice or payment in lieu must be given. Non-payment of fees will result in your child’s place(s) being re-allocated.

  • More Information

    Term Dates & Opening times

    We are open term time: Monday-Thursday 9:00-1:00 including a 1 hour lunch club


    We follow Bristol Council school dates. For 2020-2021 we are open:
    Term 1 Tuesday 8th Sept - Thursday 22nd Oct
    Term 2 Tuesday 3rd Nov - Thursday 17th Dec
    Term 3 Tuesday 5th Jan – Thursday 11th Feb
    Term 4 Monday 23rd Feb - Thursday 1st April
    Term 5 Monday 19th April - Thursday 27st May
    Term 5 Tuesday 8th June - Tuesday 20th July



    Please see our list of policies in the document at the bottom of this page.

    We have various policies and procedures that are available for everyone to read through and they are kept next to the registration table. The six policies that we send out to parents when their child starts at preschool can be found at the bottom of the page.

    Our COVID-19 Risk assessment and policy is also available at the bottom of this page.

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  • Having Fun at Home booklet

    We have created a 28 page colour booklet for parents, carers and Grandparents. It contains over 100 ideas and activities for children aged between 2 - 5 years old.

    It is based on our extensive experience as preschool practitioners, knowledge of what our preschool children really enjoy and are engaged with at Magic Dragon and feedback from parents. We have included information about how some of the activities help children learn and offer examples of how to adapt or extend them both indoors and outdoors.


    Order a copy

    Simply contact us in the form below if you are interested in a copy of the booklet.


    Make a donation

    We will get in touch to let you know how to get your copy. All we ask is for a small donation for your copy of the booklet.


    Get a copy

    Enjoy reading through your booklet to get ideas and be part of the Magic Dragon experience!

  • Contact Us

    To enquire out about availability or get a message to us, please fill out the form below.

    Magic Dragon Preschool,
    Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, 171 Bishop Rd, Bristol BS7 8NA
    Mon- Thurs 9am-1pm (inc. 1hour lunch club)