Exciting news… Outstanding Ofsted triple for Hoo!

Posted 8th August, 2019

We’re jumping for joy once again – and are sure you will be too as we have exciting news! ABC Hoo has retained its Outstanding rating from Ofsted for the third time (yes every time we have been inspected since we opened the doors at Hoo we have been rated Outstanding – pretty impressive even if we do say so ourselves!) with inspectors saying we inspire “awe and wonder” in our children!

It’s another wonderful achievement for the team, our children and parents and means ABC Hoo has never dipped below the Outstanding ranking since opening. All our nurseries are Ofsted Outstanding rated, of course, maintaining our position among the best of the best.

It’s brilliant news and a tribute to the continued hard work and dedication of staff. This outstanding reputation across all four of our nurseries means parents have the reassurance of knowing their children are in the very best hands at all times.

The report says the quality of teaching at ABC Hoo is “inspirational and highly responsive to children’s needs” and that “all children make exceptional progress and gain a wealth of useful skills which prepares them well for starting school”. 

We have a tremendous Ofsted inspection record and are totally committed to maintaining the very high standards expected of us and those we expect of ourselves. We have a wonderful team and they can be immensely proud of what they do. ABC Hoo is located in a wonderful rural setting which only adds to the pleasure of going there every day.

We’re always monitoring what we do and how we can improve things for the benefit of the children and their families – like being the first in the county to achieve national accreditation from The Curiosity Approach. This has proved to be a big hit with children, concentrating their imagination and focus on real objects – how they feel and act – rather than on plastic toys. 

We have also seen tremendous benefits from our ParentZone app, introduced so parents can follow their child’s learning journey online. It contains information about a child’s activities, comments from staff, messages from parents, what they’ve eaten and so on. It has proved very useful for all concerned. 

More from the report

The inspectors said: “Leaders and managers are inspirational and show exceptional commitment to achieving the highest possible standards for children. They are extremely proactive and embrace new ideas to extend the outstanding provision. For example, they have enhanced resources to further ignite children’s curiosity and inspire awe and wonder.

“The provider invests in her staff and ensures they are valued at every level. The team work exceptionally well together. Bespoke training is identified to raise staff’s knowledge and skills, such as how to maximise every learning opportunity.

“Leaders and managers rigorously monitor the progress children make. They expertly use this information to implement a specific learning focus to ensure every child benefits from high quality play experiences.”

To read the full Ofsted report on ABC Hoo visit