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Dandelion Education forest school norfolk norwich award winning

Welcome to Dandelion

Forest School & Philosophy-led Nursery

Dandelion Education Ltd is a place where children grow and flourish, via exploration of the natural environment, under the skilled guidance and support of a team led by founders:  Hayley Room and Emma Harwood.

As Emma and Hayley sat drinking tea in 2013, under a flowering magnolia tree, they dreamt of a perfect learning environment for children.

This dream became Dandelion Education Ltd.

Fully funded places for 2-5 year olds

Our brand new funding offer is available at all three Dandelion nurseries 

NO HIDDEN FEES: Come to Dandelion for only £7.50 per day (consumables fee)

 

Consumable fee covers: Brunch, rolling snack, afternoon tea, mud kitchen resources, art and craft supplies, STEM resources, hygiene supplies, books and a variety of other resources. 

Email us with any questions or queries or to book a tour of any site.

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Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted 2022

Dandelion Education has been awarded 

Aylsham Dandelion Education Ltd Forest School

Aylsham

Nestled in stunning woodland one mile from Aylsham, you will find this very special Dandelion site.

Wymondham Dandelion Education Forest School Norfolk

Wymondham

Situated within minutes of Wymondham town, Dandelion’s Hethel site is nestled within a vast young woodland, beside a flock of friendly sheep! 

Eaton Vale

Situated just a few minutes from Norwich City Centre, our beautiful Eaton site is a hidden oasis in the woods for children to play, explore and learn.

Dandelion Locations

Eaton Dandelion Forest School Norwich

2025 registrations now open

Unlock Your Child's Potential with
Dandelion Education

Welcome to Dandelion Education, our experienced team provides a stimulating, safe environment for all our families, with services to suit everyone: from our award-winning nursery, to our specialist provision: the Patch; to  flexi-ed sessions; Stay & Play Groups, Holiday Clubs and more.

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The Nursery

Dandelion's award-winning nursery  for children aged 2-5.

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Stay & Play

Join us for our weekly Wild Adventurers morning, for families and children aged 0-8

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The Patch

Specialist provision for children who need a little more space to grow, aged 3-8

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Reception Year

Stay at Dandelion for your reception year, available in the Nursery or Den

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The Den

Outstanding forest school setting for flexi-ed and home-educators aged 5-8

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Holiday Club

Dandelion's holiday club runs throughout every school holiday for ages 3-8

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A day in the life at Dandelion

Click to find out what a typical day at Dandelion nursery includes

PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN

P4C is an approach to teaching and learning; it teaches children how to think and communicate well; to think for themselves, about themselves, others and the world around them.

Dandelion has been proudly awarded a bronze kitemark, by Sapere, demonstrating our dedicated quality approach to P4C practice throughout our setting. We are the only Early Years organisation in Norfolk/Suffolk to have been awarded this. 

At Dandelion Education, we believe that ALL children should be taught how to think, and not what to think.

Dandelion Education LTD An award-winning Forest School Nursery in Norfolk, England, UK for ages 2-8. Flexi-ed program Dandelion DEN. Philosophy for Children / Outdoor education / Led by teachers / unbeatable ratios / covid secure / Ofsted outstanding / Essex / north Norfolk / Norwich /

Our Approach

FOREST SCHOOL:
FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

The warmth and care we bring to all our nursery sessions is unique. We offer all our learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in our beautiful, environmentally rich, Norfolk setting.

Dandelion Education LTD An award-winning Forest School Nursery in Norfolk, England, UK for ages 2-8. Flexi-ed program Dandelion DEN. Philosophy for Children / Outdoor education / Led by teachers / unbeatable ratios / covid secure / Ofsted outstanding / Essex / north Norfolk / Norwich /
Dandelion Education LTD An award-winning Forest School Nursery in Norfolk, England, UK for ages 2-8. Flexi-ed program Dandelion DEN. Philosophy for Children / Outdoor education / Led by teachers / unbeatable ratios / covid secure / Ofsted outstanding / Essex / north Norfolk / Norwich /

AN EDUCATION REFORM

Age 4-5 is too young for children to begin formalised learning. At Dandelion, we advocate deferring your child’s entry into school by spending at least their reception year with us. We also advocate flexi-educating children, whether this is for their Reception year or beyond. Many of our nursery children stay to flexi-educate with us, though children also join us later too!

Most conventional schools struggle with resourcing and funding and struggle to provide a fully play-based child-led curriculum. The excessive testing regime is also having a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of our children; the autonomy of schools is being eroded.

Articles by our award-winning founders Hayley Room & Emma Harwood

Outdoor Classroom Day Ideas

Learning Resources

Outdoor Learning Ideas
For Winter

Learning Resources

Sex Education should Start
In The Early Years

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Respectful, reciprocal conversations

Teach Early Years

Inclusion Should be Invisible in Early Years Settings and Beyond

Teach Early Years

Early Years Role Play Areas
Think Bigger

Teach Wire

Outdoor Play For
Children's Wellbeing

Learning Resources

How to take the Stress out
of School Readiness

Teach Wire

Emotional Intelligence

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