Dandelions is owned and run by Neil and Angela Thornton with a 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.
  • Emma

    Emma is our Deputy manager and teacher 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.

  • Nicki

    Nicki is the room leader in Bluebells and provides the children with fun activities throughout the day. Nicki has two children of her own and is an experienced level 3 practitioner. She is calm and thoughtful, and enjoys messy play.

  • Fay
    Fay is the room leader in Foxgloves. She is a level 5 practitioner with over ten years' experience in nursery work. Fay is very gentle and has a calm influence in the room.
  • Ros
    Ros is the room leader in Snowdrops. She has over eight years' experience and is qualified to NVQ level 5. Ros particularly enjoys craft and baking activities.
  • Wendy

    Wendy is a level 3 practitioner in our Sunflowers 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. Out of work, she is Mum to two grown up children and has a gorgeous grandson of her own as well.

  • Claire
    Claire is a key member of our Bluebells team. 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.
  • Sarah
    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  provides 1 to 1 support within Sunflowers and also works with other children across the nursery.
  • Fiona
    Fiona  is a key member of our Bluebells team. Fiona is  qualified to Level 2 and has worked as a childminder before she joined Dandelions.
  • Kim
    Kim is a key member of our Sunflowers room and a qualified teacher. She has 2 sons. She has worked in schools both here and abroad, and is helping our children enjoy being 3 and 4 and preparing them for reception class.
  • Alex
    Alex is part of our Sunflowers' 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 Foxgloves. 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.  
  • Abby
    Abby is currently working in Snowdrops. She is working towards her level 3 and is getting experience across the nursery. 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.
  • Sarah
  • Ness
  • Hayley
  • Jenny
    Jenny is our Nursery Cook who has over 30 years experience in Catering. She has 2 grown up kids of her own and enjoys walking in her free time.
  • Karen
    Karen is working in Snowdrops and occasionally in our nursery kitchen.  Karen has three grown-up children of her own and is a keen artist and interior designer.
  • Vicky
    Vicky has just returned to work after her maternity leave with her second child. Vicky has worked in Snowdrops but is currently working in Bluebells. Vicky is very calm in her approach to the children. She is working towards her Level 3.
  • Rebecca
  • Lisa
    Lisa is a key member of our Snowdrops team. Lisa has completed her Level 2 and we're hoping she will start her Level 3 soon.  
  • Team of practitioners
    We also have a small team of practitioners who help us out during holidays and when staff are poorly. These are mostly qualified practitioners and students from the university. They each bring different experience, skills and interests to the nursery which enriches the children's learning and development.