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.
  • Emma

    Emma is our Deputy Manager and room leader in our Sunflower room. She has over eight years experience in day nursery work, a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).  Emma is creative, organised and very good at combining play with learning for our children.

  • Ros

    Ros is our Deputy Manager here and also assists Claire and the team in Snowdrops. She has over eight years' experience and is qualified to NVQ level 5. 

  • Claire
    Claire is a room leader in our Snowdrops room. She has many years experience working in settings in Chester. Claire is qualified to NVQ level 3 in childcare and in playwork. Claire loves her job and really enjoys seeing the children in her care grow and develop.
  • Vicky
    Vicky is part of the Snowdrops team and is working towards her Level 3 qualification.  Vicky is a real asset to the room, she is organised and enjoys building relationships with the children.  She is a Mum to two boys of her own.
  • Lisa
    Lisa is a key member of our Snowdrops team. Lisa has completed her Level 2 and is now working towards her Level 3.   She enjoys creative play and getting the children outside to play in the sunshine. 
  • Lauren
    Lauren is one of our apprentices and has started an apprentice course with us.  She has joined the team in Snowdrops supporting Claire and her team.  Lauren has settled in very easily to the room and is a favourite with lots of our children.  
  • Fay
    Fay is the room leader in Bluebells, she is a level 5 practitioner with over 10 years experience in a nursery environment. Fay is very gentle and brings a calm influence to the room.   
  • 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 supporting Fay and her team.  She has settled in to the room very easily as well as the nursery as a whole.    
  • Abby
    Abby is joint room leader in Foxgloves. She has just qualified and now holds Early Years Teacher status.  Abby is keen on developing our outside play areas and the experiences that the children have outdoors. Abby has 2 young daughters and enjoys spending time outside with them.
  • Wendy B
    Wendy B is joint room leader with Abby, she is a qualified and experienced teacher. Wendy has 2 young daughters of her own. 
  • Wendy Mc
    Wendy is a level 3 practitioner in our Foxgloves Room. She 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. 
  • Alex
    Alex is part of our Foxgloves 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.
  • Nikki
    Nikki is currently working in Sunflowers. She enjoys working closely with the children, playing games and reading stories. She works hard to develop the children's concentration and their speech and language.  
  • Corrina
    Corrina is part of our Sunflowers team and is currently supporting Emma leading the room in her absence.   Corrina has many years experience in nurseries in Chester. She is a creative and thoughtful practitioner.
  • Fiona
    Fiona  is a key member of our Sunflowers team. Fiona is  qualified to Level 2 and has worked as a childminder before she joined Dandelions. Fiona is passionate about meeting each child's individual needs.
  • Sarah B
    Sarah B has recently joined our Sunflower team. She has many years experience in wrapround care and also in supporting children on a one to one basis.
  • Becky B
    Becky is our nursery cook, she works in the kitchen 4 days a week and prepares all the meals fresh.  She has worked in other nurseries and care homes. She enjoys creating home cooked food that the children will enjoy.
  • Rebecca A
    Rebecca is qualified to level 6. She works in rooms and also supports Becky B in the kitchen. 
  • 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.
  • Ness
    Ness works mainly in our holiday club. She loves playing games, making up stories and doing drama with the children.
  • Nya
    Nya is one of our part time practitioners. She is in studying art in sixth form college.  Nya is a cub & scout leader and enjoys playing outdoor games with the children.  
  • Alison
    Alison has joined our team on a part time basis helping out in the rooms as needed.  Alison has many years experience working as a nanny and teaching assistant. 
  • Jackie
    Jackie is one of our part time practitioners. She is a very valuable member of the Dandelions team fitting in where we need her.  She is very patient and kind with the children and enjoys creative play.
  • Karen
    Karen is a member of our part time team she has been at Dandelions since we opened.  Karen has 3 grown up children of her own and enjoys art and interior design.  
  • Katie
    Katie works for us during university holidays, she is doing a teaching degree at Sheffield Hallam. Katie lives in Farndon. She has a lovely manner with the children and enjoys planning fun and interesting activities with the children.
  • Josie
    Josie has recently joined us on a part time basis, she has three years experience in nursery work.
  • Sian
    Sian is a member of our office staff supporting Angela, Ros and Emma on a part time basis.  She also supports rooms where necessary, Sian has 2 young children of her own.