WELCOME TO... DANDELIONS
Dandelions day nursery and family centre, in Farndon, is a home from home for all the children, combining loving care with the best education which is inspiring and tailored to each individual child. At Dandelions we are making the most of both the indoor and outdoor space to create a vibrant and exciting centre, where young children can learn, grow and develop in a caring, loving environment. We have tried to make our setting as flexible as possible to meet the differing requirements of the families who use our centre. We have expertise in providing for each child’s individual learning and for additional needs.
We had been open for one year when we had our first OFSTED inspection. The inspector gave us an overall rating of GOOD and made some lovely comments about us. They highlighted “the staff focus on meeting children’s needs with sensitivity and warmth”, “the standard of teaching is high” and “outdoor learning opportunities are rich and engaging” as well as our “strong commitment to reflective practice across the nursery”. Look on the OFSTED website to see the full report.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS AND WORKING WITH YOUEach child is a unique person and at Dandelions we work to give each one the opportunity to be inspired, to explore, to create, to imagine, to play and to enjoy. We understand the importance of engaging with parents and will involve them as partners in their children’s learning. “Watching each child’s unique personality unfold is an incredible part of working with children. We must allow this unfolding to happen in its’ own time and way” Community playthings
WE NOW OFFER FREE PLACES TO 3 AND 4 YEAR OLDS
Our sessions are run by qualified teachers, who specialise in Early Years. We offer government funded, free childcare throughout the year. If you live in England, your 3 or 4 year old child is entitled to up to 15 hours FREE high quality education. If you work, you may be eligible for an additional 15 hours of funded childcare. With Dandelions you can choose to spread these hours over the whole year or use them during school terms. There is also funding for eligible 2 year olds, please ask us for details. If you live in Wales, your 3 or 4 year old child is entitled to 15 hours free funding at Dandelions in addition to their early entitlement. Please do come and chat to us about your options.
Funding can be split between two settings. We are happy to pick up from and drop off to school nurseries in the local area.
A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Our before and after school club will give your child a welcome at the beginning or end of every school day. We are happy to pick up and drop off from local schools. The children have meals with us and we are happy to hear your child read or support them with their homework.
COME ALONG AND MEET US
You are welcome to visit us, we would love to show you around. Please call to make an appointment, or if you're passing drop in. We politely ask you to avoid between 11:45 and 13:30 as it's lunch time for staff and children. We look forward to seeing you.