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.

  • Nicki

    Nicki is working in baby room and provides our babies with love and care 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 with even the youngest babies.

  • Wendy

    Wendy has many years’ experience in nursery care and education. She is a level 3 practitioner and 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.

  • Emma

    Emma leads the pre-school room. She has over five years’ experience in day nursery work, a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).  Emma is calm, organised and very good at combining play with learning for our children.

  • Fay

    Fay is working with Nicki in baby room. They make a great team. Fay 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.

  • Laura

    Laura is working in toddler room. She has a degree in Early Childhood Studies and is about to embark upon studying for EYTS. She loves to play with the children – the messier the better!

  • Ros

    Ros is working in baby room. She has over five years’ experience and is qualified to NVQ level 5. Ros is currently working in baby room and particularly enjoys craft and baking activities.

  • Claire

    Claire is a key member of our pre-school team and also leads the before and after school club. 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
  • Ness
  • Hayley
  • Jenny
  • Karen

    Karen is working in baby room and occasionally  in our nursery kitchen.  Karen has three grown-up children of her own and is a keen artist and interior designer.

  • Vicky
  • Sarah
  • Rebecca
  • Lisa
  • Abby
  • 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.