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September 26, 2017

First Newsletter

First Newsletter

Our first newsletter was sent out today featuring the beautiful children and their teacher from Kana Ba Labarik in Dili, Timor Leste. The dancing ribbons were donated by Timor Early Learning Network and Summer Hill Kids. I was very happy to see the joy on the children's faces enjoying their gifts. 

We are using Mail Chimp for our newsletter platform and I am pleased to say that I have now mastered even more computer skills. If you would like to receive these monthly mail outs send us your email and we will be happy to add you to our list.

Our new range of Soft Furnishings are now available, all items are made by Fairtrade Artisans and the quality of their work and design is evident on every piece. Take a look in store.

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June 22, 2017

Shipping/Postage

We have added a new shipping rate. We wish to make your shipping charges more economical. As we all know shipping/postage is expensive, by adding this new rate we hope to enhance your shopping experience with Summer Hill Kids.

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April 28, 2017

Bio and Dates for Conferences Summer Hill Kids will be attending this year 2017

Summer Hill Kids provides educators, parents, carers and their children with quality, unique and sustainable resources that are fun, reliable and ethically sourced. 

Our products cover a diverse range and support the Early Years Learning Framework.

Summer Hill Kids has a passion for engaging children with resources specialising in environment, indigenous, multicultural, language, music and mathematics. We also have a special range of toys and books for babies and toddlers.

Conference Dates

Early Education Conference Melbourne 2017 26-27th May Caulfield Racecourse Vic.

ACA Queensland National Conference 2017 2nd-4th June Gold Coast Convention Cnt.

Qld Early Education and Care Conference C&K 16-17th June Brisbane Convention Cnt.

ECTA Annual Conference 24th June Sheldon College Sheldon Brisbane Qld

ECMS Annual Conference 1st August 2017 Melbourne Convention Centre Vic.

 

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September 07, 2016

Welcome to Summer Hill Kids!

In February 2016, I decided to go it alone and started Summer Hill Kids. We operate as a direct customer contact business, catering to the early years educational centres, preschools, and kindergartens.  

Researching resources has been both fun and extremely time consuming. There were times where I felt I didn’t have the knowledge and expertise. Despite the fact I had been in the industry for 13 years. I struggled choosing what an educator would enjoy or feel would be a useful resource in their class or group situation. I spent a lot of time with educators, displaying our resources and gaining further insight into their needs. This knowledge of the products, what they liked, what they didn’t and items they would like to see, gave me a great basis for the future. I can now say I am building the range with confidence. 

As a small local business offering alternate resources many directors and educators were interested in Summer Hill Kids. However, were unable to spend the time to have a face to face appointment. The Educators were also interested in purchasing products for themselves, as gifts for family and friends. That’s when I realised a web presence was essential. 

Building an e-commerce store was always going to be a huge challenge. Research on top of research, high level computer skills, photography, design and finding the right people with the skills and desire to help me make this work. I attempted to do it on my own, I made some great choices and some not so great... Learnt enough computer skills to amaze myself, dusted off the camera and gave it a go. Then comes the time when you realise you need to hand over to experts and I was happily recommended to my graphic designer, Serrin. With Serrin on board things have moved quickly, we have a very happy working relationship via email! (I’m so old school) I hope there will be a face to face champagne date soon. 

Now here we are getting ready to launch, after many months. I’m a little nervous, a tad tired but most of all excited. It’s been enlightening, educational, inspiring, challenging and so much fun. So on to the future, nurturing and building the business, finding new and amazing resources for the educators and the children. Would I do it all again? YES!

Rhonda

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