Zebras is managed by Lyn Collins, a qualified Early Years Professional, Primary School Teacher and Senior Playworker with over 20 years’ experience. She is backed up by a team of over 14  caring, qualified staff.

We love Zebras!


We’re the Zebras Out of School Club, based in Cotham, Bristol, providing child-centred playcare (supervised by experienced, qualified staff) for children aged between 4 and 13+.  


We offer the following services:

  • Breakfast club @Cotham Gardens School (for Elmgrove/Colston's Primary School children) - ages 4-11yrs.

  • After school  Playscheme @Elmgrove School (open to all) - for Reception/Year 1 aged children.

  • Afterschool Playscheme @Cotham School (open to all) for Year 2 - Year 7 aged children.

  • Holiday club @Cotham School (open to all), catering for children aged 4-13+.


Each service provides a safe, supervised and stimulating environment where children/young people can be active, create, express and enjoy themselves.


We were set up to meet the needs of working parents, carers and their children… and have been growing ever since. 


General Enquiries:

Administrator (and Booking queries)

Lisa Collins 



Cotham Afterschool & Holiday Club Queries

Lyn Collins

Tel: 07759785014

Breakfast Club & Elmgrove Afterschool Queries

Jim Collins

Tel: 07523110732

Elmgrove Contact Phone

(available 3-6pm during school terms)

For messages regarding children attending Elmgrove afterschool only: Tel: 07541936406

Cotham Contact Phone

(available 3-6pm during school terms. 8-6pm school holidays)

Tel: 07562655310

COVID19 UPDATE 23/03/20


Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to assure all of our valued families that we are working hard to make sure that we can stay open for key worker and vulnerable children, ensure that Zebras can keep operating as a non-profit business during these challenging times, and support all of you as best we can.

After the Easter holiday, we are not planning to charge parents for any existing bookings that they are unable to use as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Once we are able to secure government backing to ensure Zebras can continue to run we will be able to confirm this.

You do not need to cancel any existing bookings at this time, and if you have cancelled a booking because of concerns over this matter, we will be happy to reinstate them for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Thank you for your on-going support,

Lyn Collins, Lisa Collins and the Zebra's Team




RE: COVID19 18/03/20



Dear Parents/Carers, 

We appreciate this is a challenging time for everyone. At Zebras we will continue to operate as normal, for as long as we can, but will monitor government advice accordingly. We are taking all necessary steps to safeguard staff and children and ensure safe hygiene practices are followed within the setting by adults and children. As you may be aware, it may be necessary to close the setting if the government advises schools to close, as we will not be allowed onsite.

If this happens, you will be liable to pay any pre-booked places for your children as agreed by yourself in our terms and conditions (extract below). Please visit your online account for further details.


As a small 'not for profit' business, am sure you appreciate that it is important to ensure the long term survival of our service as non payment could result in our business folding and the service no longer operating. 

"Forced Closures

If Zebras Out of School Club is forced to close due to an external factor such as bad weather, infectious or contagious disease outbreak, power cut, teacher strikes or other industrial action, by order of Local Authority or Environmental Health, customers will still be liable for fees incurred during the entire period of closure."


We appreciate your ongoing support during this difficult time.

If you are facing financial difficulty and would like to arrange a payment plan for any arrears accrued, please email to discuss.


Lyn Collins 

Operations Manager

Zebras Out of School Club

Tel: 07759785014



Web: www.zebrasoutofschool.org.uk

Social Media: Facebook  Instagram Twitter

Have you signed up to our phone app: Famly yet? This is our preferred method of communication for messages regarding absence, last minute changes, trip details, news and other relevant information.

There is also a noticeboard for Zebras parents and carer's to add/share comments with each other and Zebras staff. If you aren't yet on board, please email www.zebrasosc@gmail.com to request an invite.



  • (Closed over the Easter break)




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OFSTED Registered. Cotham Site: EY498946. Elmgrove Site: EY499012

Zebras Out of School Club Ltd is a company limited by guarantee. Company Number 08148943

Registered office: Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, Bristol BS6 6DT