About Us

Alva Play Pals provides flexible, affordable care for children before and after school during term time.  The service is located Alva Primary School in the beautiful Hillfoots town of Alva and is run by caring, compassionate and qualified staff.  Children have access to a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, including toys, games, crafts, gardening, trips to the park, ball and racquet sports and our ethos is to provide high quality care based on an ethos of mutual trust, respect, confidence and fun!

Our Address

Alva Primary School,
Brook Street,
FK12 5AN

PlayPals Handbook

Download a copy of the latest Alva Play Pals handbook below:-

Contact Details

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Co-ordinator                 Claire Russell
Telephone 07903 009962
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Opening Hours

Play Pals is open from 8am to 9am, and again from 3pm to 6pm in term time only.


The fees for term 2018-2019 are as follows

8am - 9am £5.00
3pm - 6pm £12.00


Bank transfer payments are accepted. Details are as follows -

Bank of Scotland 

Account number: 00133556

Sort Code: 80-05-28

Age Range

Children are accepted from 4 ½, through to 15 years of age.


Pick ups are currently available from inside Alva Primary School, Menstrie Primary School and Tilicoultry Primary School.

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare vouchers are accepted. Please contact us for further information.

Flexible Booking System

We offer a flexible booking system which can cater for childcare needs that change on a week by week basis.

Child Protection

Play Pals is committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all who work with us to share this commitment.  This commitment extends to all adults and children that visit of have contact with the Play Pals site. 

Play Pals takes any concern or suspicion seriously and will act quickly and correctly following the procedures set out by Clackmannanshire Council's Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures and all staff undergo Child Protection Training.

Please remember, that anything that makes you or your child uncomfortable should be reported.

Full details can be found within the Play Pals Handbook.


All information Play Pals asks for or stores relating to children, parents, carers, staff and committee members shall be done in line with the Data Protection Act and GDPR and shall not be discussed outwith Play Pals.  Parent/Carer consent will be sought in relation to each child regarding the taking and sharing of media such as photo's and video's and what may or may not be shared on the Play Pals media pages. 

It should be noted however that in Child Protection cases it might be necessary to pass on information about a child to Children's Services without parental consent.

The following links are documents which we believe you may find useful:

Find Us

Play Pals is located within Alva Primary School.

Our Address 

Alva Primary School,

Brook Street,
FK12 5AN

Contact Details

Telephone 07903 009962
Play Pals Co-ordinator Claire Russell


Facebook - Closed Group for Parents/Carers of Children Attending Play Pals






Play is a key feature of Play Pals - our experienced and motivated staff provide a safe environment that supports child-led play which allows children to choose or instigate a wealth of activities, often with children of different ages which build self and social confidence.  These activities include (but are not limited to) arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor sports, puzzles and games, toy and role model games, quite often slime making, as well as making good use of the outdoor space the school and the local parks provide.  Or for those who need a little quiet time there is the chill tent or the beanbags.

We want everyone who visits our website to have a great experience and be able to navigate through it all with ease.  We are planning to implement some changes soon, so please bear with us while we get it in shape!!

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Please check out our  Important Stuff page for full details including session times, fees and ways to pay.