The Play To Learn Story...
Hello and welcome to Play To Learn, so happy you are here.
I'm Lisa, founder of Play To Learn. I've been working in the Early Childhood field for 23 years, I am a qualified Early Childhood Educator. I began Play To Learn 12 years ago after realising that there was a lack of quality products to create inviting environments for children that were natural and open ended.
So the journey began to becoming a small business owner.
My initial focus was finding the best quality natural products supporting fair trade. While it is a priority to support local Australian made products I also support our international producers. Purchasing fair trade craft gives the opportunity to buy ethically produced handmade items without the exploitation of the producers. Fair trade supports the disadvantaged in the developing world by giving them a fair wage. Fair trade ensures there is no abuse of child labour.
My personal journey...
Along the way my husband at the time...Anthony and I started planning to have a family, sadly this was not an easy journey... filled with heart ache and loss over 7 long years....something I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and some other health challenges. This led us to taking a huge leap of faith into the world of international surrogacy and our baby girl Milla was born in 2016. Words truly cant express the gratitude and love we feel each and every day for the team of people who supported us along the way. While Milla is a huge achievement and a blessing in our life sadly our marriage came to an end in 2019.
About a year before Milla was born I started to look at the food we were eating, the products I was putting on my body and the environmental toxins we were exposed to. Wow... did this open up Pandora's box.
Play To Learn proudly supports Eco Friendly, Non Toxic, Sustainable products...
I felt more inspired to research and find the best quality products made from sustainable materials that are safe, non-toxic that really mean 'non-toxic' and Eco friendly. It is our our responsibility to keep children healthy and safe.
Do you know?
Most plastic toys are made in factories using chemicals such as BPA, Phthalates and PVC that has been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, development delays, and reproductive system damage. Scary... and wrong!
Together lets make better choices.... buy less....buy better quality!
So let me ask you.... do you remember what it was like to be a child?
At Play To Learn I want to capture the essence of childhood by providing the ingredients for children’s growth and development. Play is one of the most important needs a child has. All the resources encourage children’s imagination, sense of wonder and curiosity.
Feel free to browse my site to find something you love and order online. I can visit you at your service and we can also attend your Early Childhood conference or training day. If you are a Kinder teacher or Early Childhood Educator please feel free to contact us to organise a visit to my studio to choose your resources. I am based in Brunswick Melbourne.
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Warmest thanks for your interest in supporting Play To Learn... my dream... my Australian business. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.