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A Merry Christmas from PreschoolNews.net

With many of us already ‘out of office’, and the big day fast approaching, PreschoolNews.net would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a wonderful festive break.

We will be taking some time out over the Christmas and New Year period too, returning on Tuesday 4 January 2022 to bring you all the latest news.

We all know that it’s been another challenging year for everyone involved with the nursery and preschool industry, like so many others, affected not only by Covid restrictions, but also by post Brexit, shipping challenges, rising freight cost and stock issues.

Despite this, we have been constantly impressed with the industry’s determination, tenacity and positivity. Most people have had their business, (and personal), ups and downs over the past 12 months, but it has been testament to the resilience and true grit of the preschool industry that it has been business as usual as far as possible.

We couldn’t do what we do without the amazing support of the nursery and preschool industry, so thank you for your continuous backing throughout the year.

Here’s a round up of some of the most read stories on PreschoolNews.net over the past 12 months.

‘The pandemic nearly killed my business, but one decision ensured I survived’ – Amanda Alexander of independent retailer, Giddy Goat Toys shares how setting up a small online presence pre-pandemic turned out to be a business saver.

Hauck brings toys and nursery under one roof – the company integrated its toys division into the Hauck Fun for Kids umbrella brand.

Harrogate

Dates confirmed for Harrogate International Nursery Fair 2022 – following its successful return to the Harrogate Convention Centre, the organiser of the Harrogate International Nursery Fair revealed the dates of the 2022 show.

Toytown opens its biggest UK store – the new superstore in Merry Hill also includes a dedicated Babyworld nursery department.

How the pandemic changed toy purchasing – 2020 saw usual routines when it came to play and toy buying upended by the pandemic, with some new hobbies coming to the fore.

Kidly’s plans to stock 10,000 nursery products in the next five years – PreschoolNews.net sits down with Kidly founder, James Hart, following the retailer’s fifth birthday celebrations, to find out how the first five years have been, and what the plans are for the next five.

Independent Toy and Gift Show rebrands as INDX Toys & Nursery – INDX Toys & Nursery will expand into the new ‘nursery’ category to include gifts, accessories and soft furnishings.

PPSA

The BTHA launches Still Toying with Children’s Safety campaign – the new campaign called for urgent changes to the law after it found that almost half the toys sold by third party sellers on online marketplaces could be lethal to children.

Progressive Preschool Awards 2021: The Winners – the winners of the Progressive Preschool Awards 2021 were crowned in November at a glittering in-person ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Toys R Us and Babies R Us returning to the UK in 2022 – Toys R Us ANZ secures an exclusive licence with WHP Global, the parent company of TRU and Babies R Us, to run digital and physical retail for both brands in the UK.

The Puppet Company signs deal with WWF-UK – in a new contract with WWF-UK, The Puppet Company will supply the soft toys sent to supporters who take out an animal adoption with the charity.

As we head into 2022, the PreschoolNews.net team is looking forward to bringing you even more news, views and interviews from the nursery and preschool industry, and we can’t wait to catch up with as many of you as possible at the upcoming toy and gift fairs in January and February.

Wishing all our readers a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy, successful 2022!

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