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Terms & Conditions

Making an online purchase

Making a purchase could not be easier. Browse our products by section, price range or simply enter the product code and add the products you wish to purchase into your basket. A quick order form can also be completed. The quantity you require can be changed by viewing the product in your basket.

Product Prices/Descriptions

Prices quoted supersede all previous catalogue prices. Every effort will be made to maintain the prices in our catalogue however Early Years Resources / M & S Mercantile reserves the right to amend, change or cancel  product prices without prior notice. Early Years Resources aims to ensure that all product pictures and descriptions are accurate. Colours and product details may however be subject to change without prior notice.

Value Added Tax

All prices quoted are exclusive of VAT. VAT will be added where applicable and also applies to carriage charges.

New Customers /Non Account Holders

Private individuals are required to pay for goods at the time of ordering. Private establishments may be required to pay for their first order. A new customer credit facility may be available after completing a credit check with our Customer Care team. Payment can be made using any major debit / credit card, BACS or cheque. Please make cheques payable to Early Years Resources.

Account Facility

Where a credit facility has been agreed, payment of invoices is due strictly within 30 days. We only invoice for products that have been delivered, with the exception of ‘made to order’ products (delivered directly from the manufacturer). Any product that is out of stock at the time of dispatch will be marked ‘to follow’ on your sales invoice
and will be charged separately. Failure to adhere to our credit terms will result in further action being taken. Further costs may be incurred and will result in the credit facility being withdrawn.

Placing Orders

Orders can be made via our website, telephone, email or post. Early Years Resources will not be held responsible for any duplication of orders. If it is believed that an order has been sent to us on numerous times in error, please inform our Customer Care team immediately. When an order is placed please ensure that correct product codes are used to guarantee that the correct items are ordered for you.

We aim to have all items available at the point of order, however, at times of exceptionally high demand we may temporarily be out of stock for short periods of time.  We will inform you by email within 24 hours of any out of stock items ordered.

Title of Goods

The ownership of goods does not pass on to the purchaser until payment of the appropriate invoice has been received in full.

Delivery - Mainland UK

All orders placed over the total value of £75.00 excluding VAT, will be delivered free of charge. Orders with a total value of under £75.00, excluding VAT, will be subject to a £5.95 carriage charge. Furniture, large play equipment etc. may incur an additional delivery charge. If this is the case you will be contacted prior to our processing of your order.

Delivery - Northern Ireland

All orders placed online for delivery to Northern Ireland will be subject to a £15.00 carriage charge.

Unfortunately we cannot take orders from the Republic of Ireland from our UK website, please visit our International Website for more information.

Delivery - Outside Mainland UK

Orders placed for delivery outside mainland UK will be subject to a minimum carriage charge of £15.00. Each order will be reviewed on an individual basis and if the carriage charge exceeds £15.00 you will be contacted prior to our processing of your order.

Surcharges will apply for deliveries outside of Mainland UK for oversized items.  Please contact our Customer Service Team for accurate pricing.

Our 2 Day Delivery Service

Your order will be processed immediately upon receipt and goods which are in stock will be dispatched within approximately 2 working days. This does not include ‘made to order’ products. At times of high demand the delivery time scale may have to be extended, however we will endeavour at all times to meet our estimated time scale of 2 days. Early Years Resources will not accept liability for loss, damage or expenses arising from the delayed delivery of any goods. To get an accurate delivery time scale contact our Customer Care team,

Made to Order/Direct Delivery Products

Some products in our catalogue may come directly from our manufacturers and some products may be made to order with a delivery timescale of approximately 2-60 days. In both instances this will be indicated on your sales invoice. All deliveries are made  Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Refused Delivery

If a delivery is refused once it has left our warehouse, Early Year Resources reserves the right to charge for the cost of delivery and the cost of returning the goods to our warehouse, the minimum charge is £15.00. To assist with deliveries during school holidays please indicate opening times when placing orders.


Our Customer Care team must be notified of missing, damaged or faulty products within 48 hours of receipt. A signature made against a delivery is confirmation that the goods have been received as stated on the sales invoice. Claims outside this time-frame will not be accepted. Each claim is individually investigated. If it is found that goods have been damaged in transit, the goods will be replaced. However, if the replacement is refused and cancelled by the customer cancellation charges will apply. Please do not sign for the delivery of goods unless you have carefully examined them for damage or missing products.


Goods should not be returned without first contacting our Customer Care team. Goods are not supplied on a sale or return basis. Should an item need to be returned it must be returned in its original packaging and in a re-saleable condition. To make a return there will be a minimum £25.00 collection fee as well as a 15% administration charge plus VAT. This charge may vary if ‘made to order’ items are being returned. If you wish to return goods at your own cost the Customer Care team must first be notified for instructions to be given. We will not accept goods returned without prior authorisation. If this occurs, you will still be charged for the goods. When an item is faulty, we reserve the right to repair or replace. If this is not possible, a credit may be issued. For further details please contact our Customer Care team.


Cancellation of orders will be accepted providing the goods have not yet been dispatched from our warehouse, or in the case of ‘made to order items’, the goods have not left our manufacturer’s warehouse or production has not started. If goods have been dispatched then the returns policy will apply.

Early Years Resources Promotions/Offers

All Early Years Resources promotions and offers are subject to availability and while stocks last. Offers are based on one order per customer and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  The promotion is only applicable for the dates specified and can be removed/changed at any time. Offers and promotions are not available to Trade customers, EYR staff or family members. 

Price Match Policy

Price to be matched must be for an identical product (including pack size) and be currently available from a mail order educational supply company.

Prices must be able to be confirmed by a representative of Early Years Resources online or in a current catalogue. Not applicable to special offers, sale items and other promotional discounts. Applicable to product price only, not to delivery or other terms. Claims must be made to our customer service department within 48 hours of placing the order. 

Returns can still be made in accordance with our Returns Policy. However, we reserve the right to take into account any prices matched when processing any claims. At times it may not be possible to price match.

Early Years Resources reserves the right to amend or withdraw this policy at any time without prior notice.