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About Dandelion Education

Get to know us

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 Aim

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

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 /

Accolades & Awards

Dandelion has been awarded numerous awards and accolades since its creation in 2013. Dandelion's expertise and pioneering approaching is widely recognised; its reputation for excellence has been acknowledged nationally and internationally, including in the USA and Asia. They continue to spread best practice and advocate for excellence in the Early Years.

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Nursery World Awards 2023

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Finalists in the Online and Social Media category  at the Nursery World 2023 Awards 

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Ofsted Outstanding 2022

“Teaching consistently builds on children's communication and language at every opportunity.” 

“Staff are wonderful role models, and treat all children with respect, care and kindness.”

“Children thrive and make rapid progress at this unique outdoor nursery”

“Staff use challenging vocabulary and take time to explain and demonstrate the meaning of new words.”

“Staff uses highly effective teaching strategies.” 

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“Children’s behaviour is exemplary, and they move around the site with care and consideration for others.”

“Staff consistently encourage positive behaviour.”

“Children demonstrate excellent social skills and confidently express their thoughts, opinions, and choices.”

Quotes from Helen Oakden, Ofsted inspector.

NMT Nursery Awards

 Best Team

Best Forest/Beach  School/Nursery

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