Progressive Preschool Awards 2020: Product finalists revealed

The finalists for the Progressive Preschool Awards 2020 have been announced, with eight finalists in each of the product categories for the first time ever, reflecting the increased number of entries received via this year’s brand new online entry portal.

The winners will be revealed on the evening of Tuesday 12 November 2020, with sponsors currently in consultation about a safe but exciting plan as to how the industry will celebrate this year’s winners.

The product finalists were decided by a stellar panel of retail buyers, who cast their votes online this year. A wide range of retailers took part, from majors such as John Lewis, Bentalls, The Entertainer, Tesco and Toymaster  to a host of independent specialists from across the country. One of the many enthusiastic judges was Dawn Burden from My Small World in Bath, who said she: “loved being part of this year’s judging…  there are some clever designers out there!” and Lisa Rutherford of John Lewis who saw some “really great submissions.”

Rob Willis, director and co-owner at Max Publishing which owns and organises the Progressive Preschool Awards said: “It’s a true testament to the preschool sector that despite all the challenges we have faced this year, entry levels were higher than ever. As ever, we are hugely grateful to the retail judges who took the time to help us select the finalists and winners for this year. We can’t wait to reveal the winners in November!”


Best Preschool Apparel Range

AW20 Collection from Blade & Rose
Julia Donaldson Range from Sainsbury’s
Snail and The Whale Collection from Fat Face
Snoopy AW19 Collection from Wildbrain
Spot the Dog Play Range from RH Smith & Sons
Tatty Teddy for Nutmeg Range from Dennicci
That’s Not My Range from Dennicci for Matalan
Very Hungry Caterpillar Tabard Set from Amscan

Best Toy Range (12m+)

Classic World Wooden Rocket Ship from Hippychick
Family Fun Camping Range from Playmobil
Mag-Play range from Bigjigs Toys
PlanToys Detective Set from Little Concepts
See-Saw Counter from James Galt
Smoby Chef Corner Restaurant from Simba Smoby Toys UK
The Show Time Experience range from Le Toy Van
Viking Toys Eco-Line Range from Inside Out Toys

Best STEM/Educational Range

Botley Coding Robot Range from Learning Resources
Eco Friendly Junior Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set from EDX Education
Fairy Tale Range – Jack and the Beanstalk Deluxe from Smart Toys and Games
Giant Science Lab from James Galt
Hey Duggee Flip & Learn Phone and Hey Duggee Smart Tablet from Trends
Junior Robotic Set from Engino
Makedo Explore range from Little Concepts
Peppa’s Clever Car from WOW! Stuff

Best Preschool Publishing Range

Baby Shark My First Calendar from Danilo
Baby Shark Range from Centum Books
Bing Publishing Range from HarperCollins Children’s Books
Fantastic Funworld Magazine from Signature Publishing
Lulu & Jo Dolls and Board Books from Kidcentral
Peek-a-Boo Baby range from Hachette Children’s Group
Rosa’s Workshop range from Child’s Play
The Gruffalo’s Child Musical Advent Calendar from Danilo

Best Preschool Home/Furniture Range

Bing Bunny Bedding Range for Next by Dreamtex
Epernay Nursery Range from Mee-go
Nattou Sofa Range from HippyChick
NeoSpace Range from BabyHub
Oasis Oval Cot from Boori
Panama Cotbed and Dresser Range from East Coast Nursery
Sleep Tight Baby Bed by Purflo
Westport Nursery Range from Silver Cross

Best Preschool Gift Range

Animal Teether Collection from Cheeky Chompers
Beatrix Potter Christmas Collection from Enesco
Peter Rabbit Alphabet Trolley from Orange Tree Toys
PlanToys Elephant Money Bank from Little Concepts
Ragtales Baby Range from Posh Paws
Signature Peter Rabbit Collection from Rainbow Designs
Sustainable Toy Range from Bigjigs Toys
Wilberry Pets In Baskets from Wilberry Toys

Best Wheeled Goods/Car Seat Range

Cosmos from didofy
CRUZ V2 Stroller from UPPAbaby
Diamond Salsa 4 from ABC Design
Eezy S Twist +2 from Cybex
Geo² from Joolz
M-City from Bebécar
The Groowy Car Seat by JANE from Johnston Prams
Tinum from Venicci

Best Kids’ Lifestyle Range

About Friends Collection from Lassig
CarGoSeat from CarGoSeat
Grabease Cutlery from bébélephant
L.O.L. Surprise! Rainbows Home Textile Collection from Dreamtex for Primark
Personalised Contemporary Rainbow from Personalised Memento Company
myFirst range from Oaxis
MJ Skate range from Micro
Sunglasses Range from Babiators

Best Infant Development Range

Baby Einstein First Discoveries Range from Mary Meyer
Etta Loves X Peanuts Range from Wildbrain CPLG
Ingenuity Reversible Duvet Activity Gym from Kids2
MOLUK Building Genius Range from Little Concepts
Music and Lights 3-in-1 Discovery Seat and Booster from Infantino
My 1st Tikiri Animal Rattle and Bath Toys from Inside Out Toys
That’s Not My… Collection from Rainbow Designs
Tot2Walk Baby Walking Aid from DCUK

Best Preschool Essentials Range

myHummy Baby Bear Lucas Sleep Sensor from Hippychick
Nap Nap Mat from Nap Nap UK
Potette Max from Cheeky Rascals
Potty Training System from My Carry Potty
Silicon Feeding and Weaning Range from Beaba
The Very Hungry Caterpillar baby skincare range by Bloom and Blossom from Rocket Licensing
Washable Lunchbag Range from Bibetta
Zed from Rockit

The winners will be announced at an exciting, industry-backed online ceremony which will be taking place on the evening of Tuesday 12 November, 2020.

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