Dandelions is owned and run by Angela and Neil Thornton with a fabulous team of qualified and experienced practitioners and teachers.

  • Angela
    Angela has many years’ experience of working with young children, mainly in the voluntary sector. She has QTS and EYPS, along with a master’s degree in education.
  • Neil
    Neil helps with some of the admin and jobs around nursery. In his other life he is an IT consultant.
  • Ros
    Ros is one of our nursery Manager at Dandelions. She has over eight years' experience and is qualified to NVQ level 5. 
  • Emma

    Emma is one of our Deputy Managers. She has over eight years experience in day nursery work, a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).  

  • Sian
    Sian is a member of our office staff supporting Angela, Ros and Emma.  She also supports rooms where necessary.
  • Abby
    Abby is room leader in Pre-school. She has qualified as an Early Years Teacher.  Abby is keen on developing our outside play areas and the experiences that the children have outdoors. 
  • Wendy
    Wendy is joint Room Leader in our Sunflowers room, she is a level 3 practitioner and has many years experience in nursery care and education. She has worked in breakfast and after school clubs as well as pre-schools. Wendy is particularly skilful at settling in young children as they learn to leave their family for the first time. 
  • Julie
    Julie is joint room leader alongside Wendy in our Sunflower room.  She has many years experience and is qualified to Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development.
  • Vicky
    Vicky is room leader in our Bluebells team, she is Level 3 qualified.  
  • Fay
    Fay is the room leader in Snowdrops, she is a level 5 practitioner with over 10 years experience in a nursery environment. 
  • Lisa
    Lisa is a key member of our Bluebells team. Lisa has recently  completed her Level 3 qualification.   She enjoys creative play and getting the children outside to play in the sunshine. 
  • Laura
    Has recently joined Dandelions and has been working in our Sunflowers room, she is Level 3 qualified and is starting her Early Years teacher qualification.
  • Wendy
    Wendy is a new member of staff and is currently working in our Sunflowers room, she is currently working towards her Level 3 in Childcare and Education.
  • Lauren
    Lauren is one of our apprentices and has started an apprentice course with us.  She is currently spending time in our Snowdrops room. Lauren has settled in very easily to the room and is a favourite with lots of our children.  
  • Zoe
    Zoe is currently working in our pre-school room she has a BA in Primary Education and is working towards her Teacher qualification.
  • Heidi
    Heidi is part of the Bluebell team and has over 10 years experience in nurseries. She is a very valued member of our team she loves getting the children outside & always encourages creative play.  
  • Polly
    Polly is the second of our apprentices and has joined the Bluebells team.  She has settled in to the room very easily as well as the nursery as a whole.    
  • Alex
    Alex is part of our Pre-school team. She is a qualified level 3 practitioner with over 10 years experience. She enjoys providing a variety of craft and sensory activities for the children.
  • Fiona
    Fiona  is a key member of our Snowdrops team. Fiona is  qualified to Level 2 and has worked as a childminder before she joined Dandelions. 
  • Sarah B
    Sarah works in our pre-school room, she has many years experience in wrapround care and also in supporting children on a one to one basis.  
  • Sarah S
    Sarah has many years' experience working with young children. In addition to her Level 3 qualification, Sarah also has  Masters degree in early childhood. Sarah is our SENDCO, coordinating our special needs offer across the nursery. . Sarah is a firm favourite with the children.
  • Lucy
    Lucy works in our pre-school room as well as helping out with Holiday Club, Lucy is very musical and enjoys running musical sessions with the children.
  • Meryl
    Meryl has just joined us at Dandelions, she is part of the Sunflowers team.
  • Ness
    Ness has joined our pre-school room  but also helps out with our holiday club. She loves playing games, making up stories and doing drama with the children.
  • Jackie
    Jackie is one of our part time practitioners, she is currently working towards her Level 2 in Childcare Learning & Development.
  • Kara
    Is working towards Early Childhood qualification in Chester University and works for us part-time, she works in several rooms as well as helping out with Holiday Club and wraparound care.
  • Katie
    Katie has joined us recently to get experience in early years as she is working towards her Early Childhood qualification at university.  She works in several rooms as well as helping out with Holiday Club and our wraparound care.
  • Becky
    Becky is our nursery cook, she works in the kitchen preparing a varied selection of fresh dishes.  She has worked in other nurseries and care homes. She enjoys creating home cooked food that the children will enjoy.
  • Gail
    Gail has recently joined the Dandelions team, she assists Becky in the kitchen and also helps out in room.