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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


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.” 


“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

 Dandelion has been announced as a winner in two categories at the NMT Nursery Awards 2022. 

Best Team

Best Forest/Beach  School/Nursery


Ofsted Outstanding & Ofsted Good

“The vision, dedication and commitment of the managers have created a unique and

special environment for promoting children’s learning.”

“Teaching is inspirational.”

“Children develop a superb understanding of how to manage risks and challenges relative to their age.”


“Parents are valued partners and are very enthusiastic to share their views of the nursery”


“The managers are extremely passionate about the service they provide.”

Nursery World Awards 2022


Dandelion has been shortlisted for the Nursery World 2022 Awards in two categories;  Eco-Friendly Early Years and Enabling Environments


Nursery World Awards 2017-2018

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Nursery Of The Year 2017

Enabling Environment Of The Year 2017 and 2018

Highly-Commended for Health and Well-Being 2017


Health and Well Being

We were also awarded the Inclusive Practice Award for demonstrating our commitment to equilateral and diversity for all!

 Dandelion has been announced as the winner of the

Inclusive Practice Award at the Nursery World Awards 2018.

Top 20 Day Nursery in East of England 2022 & 2019
Top 20 Small Nursery Groups 2019 


Top 20 Nursery Awards highlight the most recommended Nurseries in each region of the UK and the Top 20 Day Nursery Groups in the UK.

Nursery Management Today Nursery Top 5 Inspirational Leaders award


Sapere Bronze – Philosophy 4 Children

We are one of only 4 nurseries in the country to hold this!


Safer Programme


For our outstanding safeguarding practices

National Day Nurseries Associasion

We are a proud member of the 

National Day Nurseries Association


Woodland Trust Green Tree award

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We’ve been awarded a bronze Green Tree Schools award because of our efforts to take care of the environment

Rural Business Awards


Dandelion Education was announced as the runner up in the East Best Rural Education or Training Business category of the Rural Business Awards 2018/19!

Women in Business Awards

Dandelion was announced as a finalist the Children and Families category, in the Women in Business Awards 2018.


NMT Nursery Awards

 Dandelion has been announced as a winner at the NMT Nursery Awards 2018.


The Norfolk Pregnacy, Baby & Child Awards 2018 


Dandelion has been shortlisted for The Parent and Baby Show’s first ever awards, in their 18m-4yrs Child Class/Service Category.

2020 TES School Awards


Dandelion was shortlisted in the

2020 TES awards for 

Early Years Settling of the Year

Active Futures Approved

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Dandelion is Active Futures Approved

Active Norfolk Accredited

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Forest School Association


Dandelion is part of the Forest School Association

Preschool Learning Alliance


Top 100 Most Inspiring Norfolk Women 2019

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