About Our Founders
Dandelion Education: Dare to Dream
As qualified teachers, with over 50 collective years of teaching experience, we know that children thrive in stimulating environments where they are free to play, explore, imagine and learn. We are passionate about our ethos, believing that all children deserve fun and meaningful learning experiences; days that are filled with care, laughter and discovery, where they are free to develop their own interests, learning at a pace that suits them. We believe that if children ‘feel’ well, they will think well and thus learn well.
This is the experience that Hayley and Emma wanted for their own children, so they created Dandelion Education.
- Founders and Managing Directors, Emma Harwood and Hayley Room
Once Upon A Dandelion
We aim to develop your child holistically, using the environment and open questioning as a stimuli to support individual learning and personal growth. Sensitive to children’s needs, we will tailor the support needed to help your unique child blossom and grow.
At Dandelion we believe that children deserve and need high-quality interactions, and because of our commitment to our ethos and beliefs, we have excellent adult: child ratios. For children aged 2 we have a ratio of 1:2, most nurseries are 1:4. For children aged 3+ we have a ratio of 1:6
Settings with qualified teachers offer ratios of 1:13, but we don't!
You won't find higher quality teaching and learning, or higher adult to child ratios, than ours!
At Dandelion we aim...
To provide high-quality affordable childcare in an educationally rich environment
To create a safe, nurturing and enriched environment where a child’s emotional well-being and physical needs are a priority
To support and facilitate children’s development through play, enquiry and the environment
To encourage independence and confidence; concern and care for themselves, others and the environment
To develop resourcefulness, self-efficacy, tolerance and respect
To nurture the development of creative and critical thinking and problem-solving
To support the development of high levels of vocabulary and emotional literacy
To facilitate the development of concept rich dialogues between peers