Hooton Childcare

Hooton Farm House, Hooton Road, Hooton, Ellesmere Port CH66 1QU

Hooton Childcare was established in 1989 in a converted Victorian farmhouse that provides an excellent interior and surroundings for children to learn and play together and independently. Staff are proud to be one of the few remaining independent, family-run nurseries in the area and have been.

Its aim is to offer a home-from-home environment, that stimulates learning potential and create an atmosphere where every child feels secure, valued and confident. Staff welcome babies from six weeks of age at the nursery and pre-school and also run an out-of-school club and holiday play scheme for wrap around care.

A huge south-facing rear garden and ample parking make up the grounds, while the nursery's owners are very security conscious, with CCTV and a door entry system.

Children are cared for by experienced long-serving professionals, giving parents further peace of mind.

Owner: Helen Walter

Person in charge: Helen Walter (Owner)

Local Authority / Social Services: Cheshire West and Chester Council

Number of Staff: 18

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 73

Age Range: from 0 years 0 months to 11 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Overview

The Review Score of 8.9 (maximum of 10) for Hooton Childcare is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 4 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Hooton Childcare in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.0 out of 5 from 4 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.917 for Hooton Childcare is calculated as follows: ( (45 Excellents x 5) + (2 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 48 Ratings = 4.917

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 4.024 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Hooton Childcare is based on 4 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.75

    2. Target of 14.6 positive Reviews (73 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 4 Reviews ÷ 14.6 Target = 0.274

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

8.9 Hooton Childcare has a Review Score of 8.9 (8.941)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    4
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
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    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Hooton Childcare?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    4
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Hooton Childcare

  • Mother of Child
    4

Hooton is an excellent family run nursery. The staff are so friendly and very informative with regards to your child. The environment is like home from home and it makes your child feel safe and happy to play, learn new things and generally enjoy their time there.

How likely would you be to recommend Hooton Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Francesca Walter at Hooton Childcare responded to this review on 21 May 2018:

Thanks so much for the lovely review, Wendy.

I enrolled my daughter when she was 9months old. She's now 18months old and loves going!
It is very accommodating by offering a term only contract on a set 3days a week - something I found not a lot of nurseries are willing to do!
It is well presented with plenty of space and appears to have a wide variety of learning and creative play toys/equipment for the children to enjoy. The outdoor space is lovely! I like to describe it as "homely" as that's the feeling I get each time I drop my daughter off. All the staff I have dealt with and who are involved in my daughter's care are welcoming, chatty, friendly and clearly have a passion for working with children, my daughter loves them and is always more than happy to be handed over each morning!
The meals provided are freshly home cooked on site and offer a balanced, varied menu.
Although the prices of this nursery are higher than others, I believe you get what you pay for and so far the love and care they provide my daughter with shows!

How likely would you be to recommend Hooton Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Francesca Walter at Hooton Childcare responded to this review on 17 May 2018:

Thanks for the lovely review Chelsey.

Hooton Childcare has been wonderful for our 2 boys, they love to go to nursery and have grown very fond of all the staff. In December the staff and the children put on a brilliant Christmas nativity, the effort and enthusiasm shone through. It was very heartwarming to watch children of just 3 and 4 singing and acting out the parts they had learnt.
The flexibility of Hooton has been a godsend as we work shifts.
We would recommend this nursery to all our friends and wouldn't place our boys anywhere else.
The managers are very visible about the nursery and the children are very fond of them.

How likely would you be to recommend Hooton Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Francesca Walter at Hooton Childcare responded to this review on 16 May 2018:

Thank you for your kind words Sophie.

I can't recommend Hooton Childcare highly enough. It has a really friendly, homely feel. All meals are home cooked and nappies are included in the price. They offer flexible care which is invaluable to us and isn't offered at many nurseries - you have to give the hours you want in advance but the day and whether you want AM, PM or a whole day can change week by week. The children always seem to be really happy and there are planned activities which keep them engaged and having fun whilst learning. The staff are fantastic, they get to know each child individually and always appear to be genuinely pleased to see everyone. Many of the staff have worked there for years, so there is continuity of care and there is a really low staff turnover which I think speaks volumes. Well worth a visit at if you're looking for childcare for your little ones.

How likely would you be to recommend Hooton Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Francesca Walter at Hooton Childcare responded to this review on 16 May 2018:

Thank you for the lovely review Steph!

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