Out of School Alliance - Help and Support for Out of School Clubs

Suppliers

When you are setting up your out of school club, it can take time to track down all the equipment that you need. To help get you started we have put together a directory of suppliers of products and services relevant to out of school settings. (Note that providers of training courses are listed on the Training Providers page.)

Find suppliers of the following products and services:


If you would like to suggest a supplier to be added to this directory please contact info@oosa.co.uk. If you are a supplier and would like to upgrade your current listing to a premium listing, please contact info@oosa.co.uk.


Furniture

IKEA
An excellent source of good quality, affordable furniture and housewares, including storage units, shelving, blankets, cushions, beakers, plates, and toys.
www.ikea.com

Community Playthings
Beautiful, high-quality, wooden furniture, including shelving, gyms, easels, building blocks and room dividers.
www.communityplaythings.co.uk

S & S Services
Stocks a very good range of storage units and drawers, many on castors making them ideal for out of school clubs. Discount if you buy online but order their printed catalogue first as it is easier to browse than their website.
www.ss-services.co.uk

Early Years Direct
Provides flat-packed wooden furniture, including bookcases, shelving, playtables and building blocks.
www.earlyyearsdirect.com

Roma Contract Furniture
Manufactures quality, upholstered children's furniture—cubes, cylinders, interlocking rounded shapes—all in bright colours.
www.romacontractfurniture.co.uk

Building Additions
Manufactures and installs folding partition doors—ideal if you have a large space that you need to divide for separate activities.
www.buildingadditions.co.uk

Magic Whiteboards
Superb solution for clubs operating in shared premises: use the magic whiteboard products as drawing surfaces, temporary displayboards, noticeboards and signage. Quick to put up and take down, they leave no marks or residue behind.
www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk

Blue Butterfly Flooring
Stunning photo-printed flooring featuring hyper-realistic scenes of rock pools, forest glades and grassy meadows. Available as carpets, vinyl flooring, table-cloths and door mats.
www.bluebutterflyflooring.com

Cardboard Man Ltd
Cardboard craft furniture, which children can build and then draw, paint or collage all over. Also sells really nice Fairtrade soft toys, eg tea sets, cooking sets, floor cushions, etc.
www.thecardboardman.co.uk 


Toys, games and play equipment

EDUK8 Worldwide
Educational toys and resources, and a good selection of outdoor games.
www.eduk8worldwide.co.uk

Kites for Schools
Excellent value kits for making easy-to-fly kites. Ideal activity for out of school clubs.
www.kitesforschools.co.uk

Kitronik
Simple (and not so simple) electronics kits for schools and clubs. Projects include torches, steady hand games, mood lights, thermometers, etc. Good for engaging the older children at your club.
www.kitronik.co.uk 

Tall Tales Learning Adventures
Turn detective, track down dinosaur skeletons or escape pirates with a Puzzle Adventure in a Box from Tall Tales Learning Adventures. Perfect for primary school children, with original adventures, stunning images, fun puzzles and crafts.
www.talltaleslearningadventures.co.uk

EYP Direct
Resources for early years and primary settings, including furniture, outdoor play equipment, craft materials and health and safety supplies. Out of School Alliance members also get a 10% discount.
eypdirect.co.uk

Creative Cascade
Innovative and high quality water-play equipment including the Funky Fountain, also fun welly-storage solutions!
www.creativecascade.co.uk

Data Harvest Group
Good selection of construction kits with a 'science' theme: K'NEX, Fischertechnik, etc.
www.data-harvest.co.uk

Newitts & Co
Educational fitness and play equipment in bright primary colours: parachutes, skipping ropes, all sorts of balls, bean bags, ball pools etc.
www.newitts.com

Mindstretchers
Sells a comprehensive range of enticing packs and kits to get children really interacting with the outdoors, including wood working tools, mini hammocks, fire bowls, rope and pulley kits etc.
www.mindstretchers.co.uk

Step by Step
Early years products, educational toys and games, indoor and outdoor play equipment, and much more.
www.sbs-educational.co.uk

TTS Group
Outdoor play equipment, beautiful wooden playhouses and play systems, wooden furniture, craft supplies and loads of 'small world' sets.
www.tts-shopping.com

Hope Education
A wide selection of play equipment, craft supplies, and toys and games.
www.hope-education.co.uk

Early Years Resources
Supplies a wide range of art and craft materials, outdoor play equipment, furniture and EYFS resources.
www.earlyyearsresources.co.uk

Sweet Counter
Colourful educational resources made from laminated card - transform your walls and play areas into learning zones. Also offer a wide selection of images to download for worksheets etc.
www.sweetcounter.co.uk

Outside Classroom Boards
Lovely, brightly-coloured high quality display boards, designed for outdoor use. Brighten up your outside play area, or make your entrance more welcoming.
www.outsideclassroomboards.co.uk

KidEco
A fantastic range of play houses, castles, puppet theatres—and even rockets—all made out of cardboard. Being made of robust cardboard the toys are environmentally friendly whilst being very cost effective.
www.cardboardtoys.com

TubTrugs
These large, soft pastic buckets are ideal for storing play equipment, blankets etc, but are also brilliant playthings in their own right— watch the children at your club turn them into boats, tortoise shells, helmets etc.
www.tubtrugs.com

Fine Solutions
Provides a wide range of products for early years settings: toys, furniture, art and craft supplies, posters and much more.
www.finesolutions.co.uk

Muddy Puddles
High quality outdoor gear for kids: waterproofs, wellies, boots and more.
www.muddypuddles.com


Art and craft materials

Baker Ross
The widest selection of children's art and craft supplies, all at great prices. A good source of seasonally themed craft activities.
www.bakerross.co.uk

Yellow Moon
Offers the same stock as Baker Ross but raises funds for your club or organisation.
www.yellowmoon.org.uk

Castle Hill Crafts
Has a fantastic selection of display backgrounds, borders and craft papers, as well as jewellery making and other craft supplies, all at very competitive prices.
www.castlehillcrafts.co.uk

Kids Craft Box
A site dedicated to craft kits for children: especially good for Shrinkle materials and accessories, and for foam craft.
www.kidscraftbox.co.uk

Crafty Crocodiles
Crafty Crocodiles offers over 700 carefully chosen arts and crafts products to entertain and inspire children.
www.craftycrocodiles.co.uk

School Craft
Specialist supplier of art and craft materials to schools and childcare settings. Also stocks toys, games and books. Most items available with next day delivery.
www.school-craft.co.uk

ClickNColour
Sells downloadable packs of intricate and beautiful colouring sheets, including fantastic letters of the alphabet. Suitable for the more artistic children at your club. (Prices are in Australian dollars.)
www.clickncolour.com

Art2Go
Supplies art and craft materials at trade discount prices to schools and educational establishments wishing to buy in bulk.
www.art2go-uk.com

S & S Services
Excellent range of art and craft supplies for children at very competitive prices. Also some great bargains if purchasing in bulk. Discount if you buy online but order their printed catalogue first as it is easier to browse through.
www.ss-services.co.uk


Books

Letterbox Library
Fantastic selection of children's books promoting equality, diversity and multi-culturalism.
www.letterboxlibrary.com

Featherstone Education
Educational materials for teachers, early years practitioners and parents to use with children from birth to eight. Lots of ideas for activities, games and crafts.
www.acblack.com/featherstone

The Book People
A good source of books for children at discount prices.
www.thebookpeople.co.uk

Red House Books
Great value children's books.
www.redhouse.co.uk


Play areas

As Good as Grass
Supplies and installs synthetic grass and safety flooring for children's play areas.
www.asgoodasgrass.co.uk

Billy Bounce Safety Surfaces
Brightly coloured, wet-pour safety surfaces for children's play areas.
www.billybounce.co.uk

Garrick Outdoor
Manufactures a range of outdoor shelters, canopies and outdoor classrooms.
www.garrickoutdoor.co.uk

Timotay Landscapes
Designs and constructs play areas and play gardens.
www.timotaylandscapes.co.uk

AddGards
Suppliers of the Kiddi Train Space Dividers: plastic fence panels clip together to create safe temporary play areas, indoors or out.
www.addgards.com


Health and safety

Bright Kidz
High visibility (reflective and fluorescent) clothing and accessories for children and adults. Ideal if you need to walk the children from school over to your club.
www.brightkidz.co.uk

TC Kids
A very useful board game for children, which introduces a whole range of health and safety messages in a fun package.
www.tckids.co.uk

Gompels HealthCare
Health and hygiene products including first aid kits, antibacterial sprays and janitorial supplies.
www.gompels.co.uk

TEAL Patents
Warm-water handwash units especially designed for children - ideal if you need to provide additional hand-washing facilities at your club. Also free downloadable activities relating to handwashing and hygiene.
www.kiddiwash.co.uk

ToyGuard
Supplies a wide range of hygiene and first aid supplies as well as toy sanitising products. Also offer deep clean and decontamination services if the worst should happen! Their website also has a lot of useful general information on hygiene, handwashing, and activities for children.
www.toyguard.co.uk


Magazines

Creative Steps
A fantastic quarterly magazine packed with easy, fun projects and activities. An excellent source of inspiration for providers of out of school care.
www.creativesteps.co.uk

iP-D!p
iP-D!P is a FREE weekly online journal for professionals working with children in play. It contains a mix of information on playwork good practice, news, real-life experience, opinion on play and child development, child behaviour, interviews, academic papers, links and books.
ip-dip.com


Miscellaneous

Quotivity
Provides an activity programme to develop self-confidence and personal leadership skills in children, that can be delivered through after-school and holiday clubs.
www.quotivity.com

Funding Doctor
Social enterprise providing help and advice to organisations seeking sources of funding or needing assistance with preparing successful funding bids.
www.support4communityprojects.co.uk

Ellery Consulting
Consultancy offering a range of services specialising in grant fundraising with a proven track record of achieving fundraising plans with charities, sports clubs, schools and churches.
www.ellery-consulting.co.uk

Costco Wholesale
Discount warehouse for businesses. Good source of catering supplies, toys, cleaning products etc at low prices.
www.costco.co.uk