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Mothercare sells off Early Learning Centre to cut debt - Telegraph.co.uk

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Mothercare is to sell the Early Learning Centre to toy retailer The Entertainer for £13.5m as it grapples with its turnaround.

The embattled retailer, which staved off collapse last year by shutting 60 stores and going cap in hand to shareholders to raise £30m, said the sale of the baby toy business was its “next step toward being free of bank debt”.

As part of its radical rescue plan Mothercare is shifting its focus from its shrinking UK business towards its international arm, which makes the bulk of revenues.

Mothercare said that while the Early Learning Centre (ELC) gave it a “solid presence in the toy market… the group does not have the necessary capital, resources or scale in this category…

Educational Toys Market Rising Trends, Demands and Development Analysis 2019 - Press Release - Digital Journal

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Harrisburg, NC — (SBWIRE) — 03/13/2019 — The Educational Toys Market report is a collection of pragmatic information, quantitative and qualitative estimation by industry experts, the contribution from industry connoisseurs and industry accomplices across the value chain. Furthermore, the report also provides the qualitative results of diverse market factors on its geographies and segments.

In addition, this report discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key players and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

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The prominent players in the global Educational Toys market are:

Mattel, Toys R Us, Engino, Learning Resources, LEGO, BanBao, BANDAI NAMCO, GigoToys, Goldlok Toys, Hasbro, JAKKS Pacific, Inc, Melissa & Doug, MindWare, Ravensburger, Safari Ltd, SIMBA DICKIE GROUP, VTech.

Educational Toys Global Market Report from Market Insights Reports covers market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional breakdowns, competitive landscape, market shares, trends and strategies for this market. The market characteristics section of the report defines and explains the market. The market size section gives the market revenues, covering both the historic growth of the market and forecasting the future. Drivers and restraints look at the external factors influencing the growth of the market. Market segmentations break down the key sub sectors which make up the market.

Market segment by Types

0-4 years
4-8 years
Over 8 years

Market segment by Application

K-12
Pre-k

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Following are major Table of Content of Educational Toys Industry:

– Educational Toys Market Sales Overview.
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– Educational Toys Market Sales Analysis by Type.
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– Educational Toys Market -Manufacturers Analysis.

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Homemade Educational Toys Help Refugee Children Learn And Grow - Forbes

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South Sudanese refugees are making their own low-cost creative play materials with support from UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation.

South Sudanese refugee children practice their storytelling skills with locally made hand puppets at the Bright Early Childhood Center in Uganda’s Yumbe district. © UNICEF/UN0220170/Sibiloni

UNICEF and partners are working tirelessly all over the world to save and protect children. 

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By 2050, an estimated 42 percent of the world’s new babies will be born in Africa. UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation want to make sure every child gets the best start in life, so they’ve teamed up to provide babies and children around the world with plenty of opportunities to play and learn, donating educational materials and training parents, teachers and caregivers to support young children as they grow.

There are 35,000 3- to 6-year-olds growing up in Bidi Bidi — the world’s second-largest refugee settlement — in northern Uganda’s West Nile region. Their families fled escalating violence and hunger in South Sudan. Play materials and money are scarce, but ingenuity and the need to play are universal. With funding from the LEGO Foundation, UNICEF-supported instructors are teaching parents and caregivers how to make their own creative playthings: handmade ABC blocks, cardboard books, puzzles, puppets, shape sorters and more. 

South Sudanese refugees children play with their locally made toys together with a caregiver at Bright ECD Center, Yumbe District, Uganda.© UNICEF/UN0220270/Sibiloni

The homemade educational play materials replicate those found in UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) kits, including locally made clay, handcrafted beads for stringing and brightly painted stacking cups. By mid-2018, volunteers had completed 60 kits for each of four Early Childhood Development Centers at Bidi Bidi, reaching nearly 2,500 children. 

Caregivers make creative playthings at a workshop sponsored by LEGO and UNICEF at St. John Bosco Primary Teachers College in Lodonga, Uganda.© UNICEF/UN0220252/Sibilon

At a workshop at St. John Bosco Primary Teachers College in Londonga, Uganda, UNICEF-supported instructors teach parents and caregivers how to make simple picture books that will spark the curiosity of infants and young children. 

“Play is paramount for all children’s healthy development and fostering the breadth of skills they need to navigate a complex and uncertain world,” says Sarah Bouchie, Head of Learning Through Play in Early Childhood at the LEGO Foundation. “We know that play is a critical means for alleviating trauma and building resilience, and that engaging in play-based activities with responsive caregivers will ultimately help to give vulnerable children a better path forward.” 

A selection of educational toys made by South Sudanese refugees using recycled and low-cost materials in Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, Uganda, © UNICEF/UN0220191/Sibiloni

A kit of engaging educational toys made by South Sudanese refugees in Bidi Bidi includes homemade number tiles, beads for stringing and a counting circle that helps children recognize the meaning of numbers and learn how addition and subtraction change numbers. 

A South Sudanese refugee baby plays with a locally made sponge ball in Yumbe district, Uganda. © UNICEF/UN0220171/Sibiloni

In early childhood, children’s brains can form 1,000 neural connections every second, the building blocks of every child’s future. UNICEF ECD play materials are specially designed to stimulate young minds and promote healthy emotional development. Bouncy sponge balls encourage movement, muscle strengthening and dexterity. Homemade hand puppets give children a chance to practice empathy and storytelling skills. 

Dalli Alli, 28, a Ugandan caretaker, looks at locally made cardboard books with South Sudanese children in Kimba Early Childhood Development Center, Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, Uganda. © UNICEF/UN0220210/Sibiloni

Sharing books with parents and caregivers helps children develop a lifelong love of reading. Ugandan caregiver Dalla Alli, 28, shows homemade cardboard books to South Sudanese refugee children in Bidi Bidi refugee settlement.

Shape sorters locally made with low costs or zero cost materials thanks to UNICEF for the innovative approach to material development in ECD centers. Kimba, Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, Uganda.© UNICEF/UN0220198/Sibiloni

Locally made shape sorters train infants’ hand-eye coordination, control in handling objects and understanding of spatial orientation. 

Emergency settings, poverty and inequality have a profound negative impact on children’s developmental outcomes. Globally, one in 11 children age 6 or younger has spent the most critical period of brain development growing up in conflict. Play can be a powerful strategy to help traumatized children regain a sense of normalcy and, in the long run, build more peaceful societies. 

Since 2015, the LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF have collaborated to improve children’s lives by promoting quality early learning through play in 48 countries. Leveraging private-sector core business operations, skills and know-how, UNICEF’s partnerships with companies and foundations can be a game changer for making a bigger impact on the well-being of children around the world.

Learn more about how creative play wires young children’s brains for a happy, healthy future, and the Africa Play Conference co-hosted by UNICEF, the LEGO Foundation, the Department of Basic Education in South Africa and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa.

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For over 70 years, UNICEF has been putting children first, working to protect their rights and provide the assistance and services they need to survive and thrive. With a presence in 190 countries and territories, UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. 

"Go Big Give" campaign to benefit GI YMCA - KSNB Local 4

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – People with the “Go Big Give” campaign want to raise $1 million this year for local non-profits, and one is hoping to use the donations to buy new technology for kids.

Kinds in the childcare program at the YMCA in Grand Island aren’t short of toys to play with and books to read, but one thing they don’t have is technology.

That’s why the Y is hoping to buy eight tablets for their younger kids with the money raised during the “Go Big Give” campaign.

“I’ve only been here a couple months, and one of the things I’ve noticed we were lacking in the child center was that technology piece,” said Charles Hansen, CEO of the Grand Island YMCA. “The teachers do an awesome job with reading and getting them active. So getting them exposure at an early age is really important.”

Hansen said their three and four year olds will use the tablets for educational games. It’ll be part of their new Hatch program, which contains a STEM curriculum, and begins next month.

The tablets cost between $250 and $500 each.

Hansen said they’ll help their young kids be prepared when they go to school.

“With the tablets, they actually have games that they’re learning, and then it charts how the kids are doing on the “games,” but they’re actually learning and developing. Then we get to see the progress from each grade level,” Hansen said.

Heartland United Way and the Grand Island Community Foundation teamed up for the sixth year of “Go Big Give.” This year, the 24-hour online donation will benefit 125 non-profit organizations in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties.

People with the campaign announced the goal at a press conference Tuesday at Tom Dinsdale in Grand Island.

In the last six year, the campaign has doubled the number of non-profits participating.

This year, the fundraising goal of $1 million is $325,000 more than what they raised last year.

“We want new donors to all of these organizations. We want to grow philanthropy. We want to create that education awareness about all the great things that are happening, and all these wonderful programs, and encourage people to give,” said Karen Rathke, president of Heartland United Way.

The big day of online giving is on May 2.

You can schedule a pre-give on April 25 through May 1.

You can check out the local non-profits participating at https://www.gobiggive.org/.

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