Louise Kool & Galt (LKG) has been enhancing learning environments with high quality furnishings and materials across Canada since 1963. That’s over half
Whether you are setting up a new centre or transforming your space, Louise Kool helps you create inspired learning environments. We carefully select innovative and natural products guided by Reggio and Montessori principals and the latest education best practice.
Whether in standalone centres, school classrooms or extended kindergarten we have an unmatched track record of supporting quality early years care and education across Canada.
We know that opening a new centre, let alone multiple centres isn’t easy. Let the Louise Kool experts help you plan with the expertise and service you need to realize an inspiring learning environment. Your Grand Opening will be a day to remember for all the right reasons:
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March 27th, 2020 – Louise Kool and Galt
Louise Kool & Galt supports all governments who have taken decisive action to stop the spread of the novel corona virus. It is in all of our best interests and we are glad to comply, as we know you are. We are continuing to serve our customers, as we support essential services. We will be shipping regularly, but have scaled back our operations. Obviously, we are concerned for the safety of our employees and our community, but we also want to support customers that need our help. As such, the vast majority of our staff is working from home, and we have strict standards regarding how many people can be in our warehouse or office space at the same time. In our efforts to support our customers we are having our phones answered remotely from the homes of our customer service staff. This may sometime result in an inelegant process to get help. But, please bear with us. We will do our absolute best to serve you or get back to you as soon as possible.
We thank everyone for their observation of physical isolation and hope that, with everyone’s help, we will be free of this virus in good time.
Stay well and be safe!
Our business originated with Louise Kool a school teacher from Holland. Upon arriving in Canada around 1960, she realized that she could not obtain the same quality of teaching materials in North America that were available in Europe. So, she set about to change that. Within a few years she had a thriving business selling materials and books to childcare and elementary school teachers.
Her product range and customer base became so large that in 1963 she issued what we believe to be the first full-scale education catalogue in Canada. From there, her business grew rapidly due to her keen eye for educational resources and the leading-edge catalogue. In 1978, wanting to retire, Louise sold the company. Under the new owners, the company added 40 parent –teachers stores for a time under the name of Today’s Child, but that venture was short-lived.
In 1984 the company was sold to a 150-year-old UK company, James Galt & Company, whose primary business was also catalogue distribution of educational supplies. In 1985, the newly named Louise Kool & Galt issued the first four-colour catalogue in the Canadian education supply business, which resulted in very rapid growth.
In 1989, Jim Robb was appointed Managing Director and guided the Company to a Quality and Service Orientation that continues to guide us to this day. In 1994, we were acquired by Fine Art Developments UK, the third largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the world.
Finally, in March, 1998 the company was purchased by management, headed by Jim Robb, our President to this day. With over 50 years in the business, we are proud of the role we play in providing learning resources to the early childhood education and elementary school market. We are pleased to offer you some of the worlds’ premium brands; Community Playthings furniture, Winther Trikes, and Dusyma hands on learning tools, amongst others.
We will continue to pursue the path of Quality and Service so that our customers, the caregivers and educators of today, can have the appropriate, quality resources to teach our leaders of tomorrow.
It is our promise.
With a 32,000+ sq ft. warehouse, we can deliver when you need it. You don’t want to get your chairs two weeks after your centre opens. Or a week before your new floor is put in. And you don’t want them to start falling apart after a few years of use.
Louise Kool only stocks goods proven to be able to handle the daily wear of a classroom. Look for our Lifetime Warranty on many of our furnishings. On all of our products, LKG offers a 100% Quality Guarantee for at least 1-year after purchase.
In cases where manufacturer’s warranty exceeds our Quality Guarantee then the manufacturer’s terms are honoured. Customers receive a replacement item for anything that fails within this period, or a credit towards another selected item. We pride ourselves on an average turnaround time of under 24 business hours after ordering.
As Purchasing Director I have had the pleasure to work with Louise Kool for over 20 years. I have always found Louise Kool products to be of superior quality. Orders are shipped in a timely manner and any request, great or small, is handled in a personal and professional manner. I find their pricing to be very competitive and their delivery time to be the best of all my suppliers. With over 85 child care centres in our company, we have cause to order in volumes. Large quantities are handled without fail or delay. S. McTavish
We are very impressed with the quality and variety of items available through Louise Kool and Galt…(their) effort to ensure the products and service meet our high standards has been outstanding. G. Reece
We’ve been purchasing toys, equipment and classroom supplies from LKG for more than 8 years. The quality, quantity and availability of their products is superior.
University of Toronto
It starts as the phone is answered. You are a cared for customer. The shipments are on time with a status checkpoint too. Louise Kool and Galt has a culture that gives 10 times plus service and care. They care as much as we care. What a pleasure.
Montessori & Elementary School
I was completely AMAZED at how quickly my order came! I was expecting a 4 – 5 week wait like I have had with other preschool supply companies, but this came in less than a week. Brilliant communication, awesome delivery time and a quality product!
From the onset, Louise Kool & Galt was there to provide information and support - physically and in their knowledge of products. We furnished 5 classrooms with everything from water tables, to cribs and strollers. The help we received was impeccable.
Toll FREE: 1-800-268-4011
Fax: 416-293-9543 or 1-800-482-7905
Showroom Hours (By appointment only):
Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Customer Service Hours (EST):
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm