Marion, known to many as 'Mrs Magpie' was the driving force and the inspiration for starting Magpies, back in 2005, even coming up with name Magpies.
Families relying on the After School Club at the Kaleidoscope Centre were to be left without the vital service when the Centre announced it was to close. These were working parents who depended on the after school care to be able to work, and Marion was determined not to let them down.
Edward Feild School had an empty classroom that they made available; and Magpies was born!
A frantic amount of activity took place over the Easter holiday 2005 with an empty classroom transformed with a bright paint job and a newly fitted kitchen. With donated equipment and resources, Magpies took off immediately. A grant from the lottery was a huge boost for our activities including our own Bouncy Castle and subsidised trips in the summer holidays.
In February 2007 we opened our second club at West Kidlington School and in 2008 started Magpies Preschool. In 2013 Preschool extended its hours to provide all day care for working parents with children at Preschool and North Kidlington School.
Marion has worked hard to provide childcare settings that are all- inclusive, where children want to be, and that provide the widest range of well resourced exciting opportunities for learning, development and fun.
She has always supported staff to achieve their full potential, expected and supported them to train to a high level and, above all, to be enthusiastic about providing good quality secure care.