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St Nicholas Preschool

Pre-School Playgroup
General Details

We are a pre-school running 3, 4 and 6 hour sessions, accepting children from age 2 to 5. We are in receipt of government funding for 2 and 3 year olds. We are an inclusive setting and work closely with Suffolk Childcare team to meet the needs of all children. We have a maximum of 30 children per session and work within Government guidelines for staffing levels. One staff member has a BA degrees in CCLD and 2 members have level 5 qualifications, One has a level 3 qualification, and we also have an apprentice.  Our last OFSTED rating was "GOOD". Highlighting that children are happy and well settled, and a well lead team who work well together. We are experienced with children with a range of extra needs in physical and development as well as having English as an additional language. Two of our staff are trained SENCO's and work with numerous outside agencies. 

Please contact us to check availability.

Who to contact

Tracy (Maria)Cotter
St Nicholas Church
Morton Road
NR33 0JQ
07528 714535

Venue Details

St. Nicholas Church
Morton Road
NR33 0JQ
Venue Email
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30 Hours Extended Entitlements

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Other information
St Nicholas Pre-school has Limited spaces on all AM and with more availability in PM sessions for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 9am - 3pm

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - Valporate syndrome
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Aspergers Syndrome
Autistic spectrum
Communication difficulties
Emotional needs
Global Delay
Learning difficulties
Renal failure
Serious allergy
Social development impairment
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£12.50 Per session
£25.00 Per day
£4.00 Lunch Club - Per day
Our sessions are 3hrs (£12.50), 4hrs (£16.50) or 6hrs £25.00

Other Details

Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Garden, Healthy eating, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Sensory play equipment, Sleeping area, Slide, Take children on outings, Vegetable patch
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 5 Year(s)

We cater for all abilities and have experience with both physical and developmental disabilies. We support the child and the family and where possible we attend meeting to support our families

Offers Tax Free Childcare
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Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
24/03/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
26/03/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
13/01/2016Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
14/03/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
04/10/2019Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We cater for all needs with the support of the Suffolk Childcare team and work with outside agencies such as SALT, educational psychology and physiotherapists. We have an accredited SENCO and another staff member in training. The setting has done MAKETON training as a group and has experience with PECS. We have supported parents through the MDA process and do full transitions as children leave the setting. We have experience of Autistic Disorder, speech delay, gross global delay, physical disability and syndromic conditions. We have experience with challenging behaviour.

Maria Cotter
07528 714535
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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A great pre-school
Our daughter has been attending St.Nicholas Pre-School for the last year and absolutely loves it. She has learnt so much, in all aspects, since she started and looks looks forward to attending each day. The setting itself and facilities are great, with plenty of toys, games and learning aids. There is also a secured garden space and plenty of equipment for outdoor play. The satff are all lovely and helpful, always keeping you up to date with information regarding your child and events or changes taking place within the setting.
Perfect preschool
My daughter has attended the preschool since she was 2 and she has loved it from start to finish. The staff are amazing and they arrange lots of trips for the children and fun days/activities. The communication between parent and teacher is brilliant. I have spent some time during sessions and seen first hand how much they teach the little ones and the facilities are great. They encourage children to be children and have a lovely outdoor area for them to play in whatever the weather. Thank you st Nicholas for being amazing and giving my Lily the best start I could have asked for. I highly recommend this preschool for your little ones.  
A happy place for my child
Our son has attended St Nicholas pre-school for the last year 3 days per week.  He has thoroughly enjoyed his time there and has progressed well in his development. The staff are all friendly and he always come home happy after a day at pre-school.  He enjoyed the variety of the acticities and the ability to play indoors and outdoors. The staff made a real effort with the Christmas nativity play which was fantastic, and they regularly made items/gifts for the kids to take home, which was really cute. From the outside the setting may not look that attractive (but I understand they will move to new premises soon), but inside is a wonderful team to looking after the children, with lots of toys and educational materials. Would thoroughly recommend.
Brilliant PreSchool
My son has been at St Nicholas Preschool for a year and he has come on so much. He struggled with his speech, the staff were really supportive and worked hard to encourage him to talk. His confidence has grown so much and the staff are all friendly and a brilliant with the children. I would highly recommend this school to all parents.. kids love them! Submitted: 23/07/2019
Great Pre-School
Both our daughters attended St.Nicholas Pre-School and both loved their time there. Staff are lovely and really care about all the children. They keep you up to date with what they've been doing, include parents/carers on parent share days and activities and also use tapestry which shows photos and videos of what your child has been working on.  They've always been updating and adding to the pre-school itself over the years and there is so much for children of all abilities to do both inside and outside. 
Lovely staff, happy kids
Both our boys go to St Nicholas preschool, and they always come home happy. Staff go the extra mile and they genuinely care about the children. The boys often come home with really creative artwork. Food allergies never a problem. They play outdoors a lot, and have both learned to read and write their names there. Can't thank you enough!