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INTRODUCING MAGIC CIRCLE'S
INTERACTIVE CHILD-ADULT CLASSES FOR 2 & 3 year olds
Beginning in Fall 2024

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This class offers you and your child the chance to enjoy story time, create art, do science experiments, engage in crafts, play games and sing songs, all while being surrounded by nature! Your child will have the opportunity to play, socialize and grow as well as learn to love the outdoors by spending enjoyable time discovering their surroundings.

 

Magic Circle Preschool is nestled among beautiful outdoor spaces, including a charming forest, two play parks, and a perfectly sized hill for playing and tobogganing. All of these amenities are conveniently located within our school campus, ensuring there's no need to cross any streets!

Class time will be spent outside so children should dress for the day’s weather as well as bring a healthy snack or lunch from home. School facilities are available if needed.

See our FAQs

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Outdoor Preschool Classes

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This class offers you and your child a mix of engaging activities, including story time, art projects, science experiments, crafts, games, and songs. The class is divided between our bright, cozy classroom and a wonderful outdoor area that features a charming forest, two play parks, and a perfect hill for playing and tobogganing.

Your child will have the opportunity to play, socialize, and grow while developing a love for nature and becoming comfortable in a classroom setting. They will also benefit from the play-to-learn stations that Magic Circle Preschool offers. Grab a coffee or a tea and get ready for delightful moments filled with laughter and learning with your child and their preschool friends.  See our FAQ's

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Hybrid (Indoor/Outdoor) Preschool Classes

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This 90 minute Magic Circle child-adult class offers you and your child the chance to enjoy storytime, create art, engage in crafts, play games, and sing songs. Your child will have the opportunity to play, socialize and grow as well as learn to love going to preschool!

See our FAQ's

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Preschool Classroom Play

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  • Are lunch and snacks included?
    We respect all of your choices when it comes to what your child eats. It's one of the reasons snacks & lunch come from your home!
  • What is the teacher/student ratio?
    Typically, there is 1 adult for every 8 children. However, there can be more hands-on deck when we have a university or ECE student working in our classroom. We also have a duty parent but they do not affect the ratio.
  • How many school breaks or vacation closures does the preschool have?
    We generally follow an elementary school closure schedule (major holidays, long weekends, March break, Summer break, etc). You will be informed well in advance of any set preschool closures.
  • Have the educators obtained their police checks?
    Yes, all educators have had their police checks.
  • Do all the educators have their Emergency Child Care First Aid CPR/AED?
    Absolutely.
  • Does my child need to be potty trained in order to attend Magic Circle Preschool?
    Yes, but we can accept them in a Pull-Up at the beginning of the year only if it’s only to prevent occasional accidents.
  • My child is not yet 3. Can we still register for next year?
    Children must be 3 by September of their first year to register for our core 4-day program, however, we are currently accepting names for 2024-2025. Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you ASAP.
  • Are the 3 and 4-year-olds mixed together?
    All the children play together and learn together in one classroom. The 4-year-olds will learn a little bit more about the theme. The daily craft will require a little more work from them, such as more cutting shapes, while the 3-year-olds will have pre-cut shapes, for example.
  • What’s the deadline for registering?
    Registrations for the following school year open in the late Fall and continue on a first-come first-served basis until the spaces are filled. There is no specific cut-off date, however, once we are full, we start a waiting list.
  • Can my child arrive or leave at any time?
    Unlike some daycares, there are set start and end times to this program. (It is not a drop-in program.) Please note that if there is a time conflict in either program, let us know and we'll see if we can help. It's 8:30 in the morning until either 12:30 or 2:00PM, depending on your program.
  • How much parental involvement/time commitment should be expected?
    We are not a CO-OP, so parent responsibilities are few. We have a beloved 'child's special Day" aka "Duty Parent Parent" Program! Each child will have the pleasure of having a parent (it can be a grandparent) come once every 4-5 weeks for a special day in the classroom (it is a rotation). This has strengthened our community because we all get to know each other... A little bit or a lot. It's up to you! **Please note: Duty Parent will need to be fully COVID vaccinated to come into the school**
  • Does Magic Circle Preschool issue RL-24 tax forms?
    Yes, we do. If you'd like to learn more about tax credits specifically for parents, please visit this area of the Revenu Quebec site.
  • Are there any additional costs or fees to attend Magic Circle Preschool?
    There will be an Activity Fee which we calculate at the beginning of the year based on what activities we have confirmed. The cost of field trips and special activities throughout the year can have a nominal fee, for example, apple picking is approximately $20, while the Forest Adventure is free.
  • Does MCPS offer online payments?
    Yes! Some programs are now payable online, with more options being added. Please inquire!
  • If my child goes to daycare or another preschool, can we still enroll them in a class at Magic Circle?
    Yes, absolutely! We have different types of classes offered at different times of the week. Find the ones that suit your schedule and join in the fun & learning!
  • Is it a drop-off class?
    No, this program is an adult & child interactive class. (It can also be a trusted adult other than Mom or Dad). Not only will you have an opportunity to spend quality time in ideal preschool settings, but also, the educator has loads of experience in Early Childhood education so you can steal fun games, activities and tips and use them at home!
  • Is it ok if my child is not yet potty trained?
    Yes, absolutely! There are small bathrooms in the classroom if your child can use them but if not, they can wear Pull-Ups and we will have a spot for you to change them. You may want to consider a Pull-Up for our outside play classes. If you are unsure, talk to us about it!
  • What happens if my older child has a PED day on a day when we have a Magic Circle Class?
    Bring them along! Simply let us know in advance if possible.
  • What happens if the weather is not ideal for the outdoor class that day? Will the class be canceled?
    We will make every effort to enjoy the outdoors in all weather but in the event of extreme weather or weather not conducive to outdoor play, we will move the class indoors.
  • What type of snacks or lunches should I bring for my child?
    Snacks and lunches should be healthy and ideally simple and easy to eat, especially for our Outdoor Preschool Class. Magic Circle is also a nut-and-peanut-free school, both indoors and out. We have found that children love snacks and lunches that allow them to eat autonomously (opening and closing their containers, zipping up lunch bags), as they practice eating in a group setting.
For any other questions, please contact us!
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