Dandelions & Snapdragons

Welcome to Dandelions & Snapdragons Pre-School

Ofsted rated Outstanding & Ofsted Rated Good

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Dandelions is a purpose built community pre-school, in the heart of Hatch Warren, Basingstoke. Snapdragons is situated in the heart of Kempshott. Dandelions opened in January 2005 and have cared for hundreds of children aged 2 years to 5 years. We have provided them with a happy, safe and stimulating environment to help prepare them for a great start in school and in life.


Dandelions is a non-profit organisation and we welcome all children in the St Marks and Hatch Warren Schools catchment area. Snapdragons is our newer pre-school which opened in September 2010 and we welcome all children in the Kempshott, Hatch Warren and Beggarwood areas. At our pre-schools we accept all children regardless of race, culture, religion, ability and means. Our devoted pre-school teams are supported by a committee of volunteers. By working closely with parents, we aim to provide outstanding pre-school education.


“Children access their environment through continuous provision, allowing them to freely explore both inside and out, with open ended resources and with curious minds. Highly qualified staff engage in strong interactions with the children, which motivate, excite and challenge the children, enabling them to reach their next level of learning and ultimately to become happy, confident and independent learners ready to approach school”


Opening Times

Snapdragons and Dandelion Pre School run during term time only.

Dandelion open from 8:30am - 4pm Monday - Friday.

Snapdragons are open on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (9-12 only) with a number of sessions, 8.30am, 9am – 11:30am, 12:30 lunch and 12:30 – 3pm and our day is planned and run around the same format as Dandelions Pre-school.


Both settings have a Thursday set out especially for older children to prepare them for school. We encourage all children to attend this session. The session has its own set of planning and the topics mainly are supported by popular stories such as Goldilocks, Jack and the Bean Stalk and so on.


OFSTED rates us Outstanding!