• Dandelion Education

Welcome to Dandelion

Dandelion Founders, Hayley Room and Emma Harwood, actively promote the excellence of Early Years practice. Their expertise and commitment to exemplary standards has been widely recognised, and was most recently acknowledged with the accolade given of ‘Top 5 most inspirational leaders in Early Years’ by Nursery Management Times (NMT).

Furthermore, the Institution for Apprentices (IFA), which worked towards improving standards in apprenticeships, used the expertise of Emma to mould the new Early Years apprenticeships, ensuring the new qualifications met the needs and expertise of the sector.

Emma was also selected to deliver a TED talk. Her focus was on the development of Emotional Literacy: Small Children, Giant Voices; she passionately spoke on their importance of empowering children through communication.


Hayley, an award winning writer, has also written articles for Teach Early Years, where she shares Dandelion’s visions and values.

Both managing directors, Hayley and Emma, have also spoken at conferences, judged nursery awards categories for the NMT , delivered training sessions in England and Scotland, and delivered parent workshops; Erasmus students, volunteers, work placement students, Masters and PHD students in higher-education have completed research and placements at Dandelion, and are welcomed into Dandelion for study and research purposes.

Alongside many awards, Dandelion has received a large media presence over the last 9 years, since the birth of Dandelion. They continue to strive for the acknowledgment of the value of Early years and continually aim to raise the profile of excellent early years practice.