Building a community of lifelong learners.



St Nicolas Preschool has been running since 1981 and we pride ourselves in the excellent level of care, learning and development that we offer to the early years community.  Our caring team of key staff have full and relevant qualifications in Early Years, and Continued Professional Development is a priority for our staff, including safeguarding.  We hope that you can find everything you are looking for on our website, but if you have any questions please email us on or call us on 01235 536061 and we will be glad to help.


If you are interested in a place for your child(ren), please download an application form, or come in to collect one, and return it to us either by dropping it into preschool, or by post or email.  Children can be put on our waiting list from when they are 2 years' old although they would not start with us until the September following their 3rd birthday.  Sometimes we have a smaller intake in January, if places are available, for children who turn 3 between September-December. Visits to preschool are welcomed - please call us on 01235 536061 or email if you would like to arrange a mutually convenient visit for you and your child(ren).

We offer the extended 30 hours funding to eligible families subject to availability and a valid 30 hour code.  30 hour funding codes need to be validated in the term prior to your child starting with us. Please go to the website for more information including how to apply for the 30 hour funding.

About Us

St Nicolas Preschool aims to:


  • provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age.
  • work in partnership with parents to help children learn and develop.
  • add to the life and well-being of the local community.
  • offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

We aim to ensure our children:


  • have a safe and stimulating environment.
  • are given care and attention by our team of qualified staff.
  • can build on what they already know, moving forward to learn and develop at their own pace.
  • have a key person who makes sure each child makes progress.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. "It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress.." EYFS

Contact Us

Get in Touch

St Nicolas Pre-school & Playgroup

Boxhill Walk, Abingdon, OX14 1HB, United Kingdom

Tel: 01235 536061 Email:


Monday - Friday: 8:45 -3:15pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed


St. Nicolas Pre-school is an independent, charity-run preschool and is in partnership with St. Nicolas School Foundation Stage. This is run by a Joint Steering Group which has a parent from each setting among its representatives. This partnership gives our children an opportunity to experience a school environment through our weekly singing sessions in Reception classes, transition visits and our good working relationships with the Headmaster and Reception staff.  Our close links encourage a smooth transition into school life.

PLEASE NOTE: Although we work closely with St Nicolas School, attending our pre-school does not guarantee a place at St Nicolas School - you will need to apply separately for a school place if you wish to do so.  For more information about St Nicolas Primary school, please contact them directly: 


Telephone: 01235 520456