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Please Note: Accurate delivery costs will be displayed after entering your address on our checkout page.
For Next Day Delivery Options - Please note our working days are Monday to Friday and our Cut Off is 1pm
Example: An order placed after 1pm on a Thursday with any Next Working Day delivery option selected, will be delivered on the following Tuesday.
 

FREE Standard UK Mainland & Lowlands - 2-3 Working Days

For all orders totalling £30 and above.
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands

£3.95 Standard UK Mainland & Lowlands - 2-3 Working Days

For all orders under £30
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands  

FREE Next Working Day - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £50 and above 
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day.

£4.95 Next Working Day  - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £49.99 and under 
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day. 

FREE Next Working Day AM - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £100 and above 
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands, your package will arrive before 12noon on the next working day.
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day. 

£7.95 Next Working Day AM - UK Mainland & Lowlands

For all orders totalling £99.99 and under 
Delivery location is UK Mainland and Lowlands, your package will arrive before 12noon on the next working day.
Orders MUST be placed before 1pm to receive your goods the following working day.

FREE Scottish Highlands & Islands  – 2-3 Working Days

For all orders totalling £75 and over
Delivery location is The Scottish Highlands and Islands.

£10.00 Scottish Highlands & Islands – 2-3 Working Days

For all orders totalling £74.99 and under
Delivery location is The Scottish Highlands and Islands.

From £7.95  Northern Ireland & UK Islands – 2-3 Working Days

For all orders
Delivery location is Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight, Scilly Isles, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man.

From £7.95 European Delivery – 6-10 Working Days

For all orders outside of the British Isle locations in our supported countries listed above. 
Entering your country on the Checkout page will give you an accurate delivery charge.
Maximum charge is £20.95

 

Where we deliver:

We deliver throughout the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight, Scilly Isles, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and The Scottish Highlands and Islands) , and the following European countries:

Austria Germany Poland Sweden
Belgium Hungary Portugal
Czech Republic Italy Republic of Ireland
Denmark Luxembourg Slovakia
Finland Monaco Slovenia
France Netherlands Spain

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot deliver to the British Forces posted overseas.

 

Delivery Service

All deliveries will be made by Parcelforce. 

Delivery Times:

Our carrier’s deliveries are made between the hours of 7am and 6pm.
Order cut-off for all delivery services is 1pm (UK time).
Orders placed after 1pm will be treated, for the purposes of delivery, as having been placed the next working day.
Working days are defined as Monday – Friday (excluding bank and public holidays) – therefore any orders placed after 1pm on Friday will not be processed until Monday.

Note: All delivery timescales are approximate and subject to availability. The precise timing of a delivery cannot be specified.

 

Delivery Timescales

Our Standard UK delivery service takes 2-3 working days, but sometimes longer for orders delivering to addresses in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, the Isles of Scilly, Orkney, Shetland and other Scottish islands.

 

Large Orders

Larger deliveries may require a signature to confirm receipt. If a signature cannot be obtained, the carrier may ask a neighbour to sign for the delivery. Deliveries that require a signature will not be left if a signature cannot be obtained. If the carrier leaves the delivery with a neighbour or at your local post office, they will leave a card for you telling you where it is.

Where a signature is given by someone other than you or the parcel is left at your local post office, the order will be treated as having been delivered.
You may, when placing your order online, specify a different delivery address than your payment address if that is more convenient for you.

Payment Methods

We accept the following Payment Methods:

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  • PayPal

Tracking your order

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Or you can contact our customer service team on Tel: 0161 428 9111 or email customerservices@jamesgalt.com.

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Why won’t you play with me?

14

Jun 2013

Playtime with mum and dad is less than an hour a day

We all know being a parent is a tough old job – juggling so many demands on time and priorities. Just working to pay the bills eats into the time we get with our children.

Research has found that the average busy parents are spending just 56 minutes a day playing one to one with their children. That’s less than an episode of Britain’s Got Talent!

Even parents of children as young as 0 – 2 years of age can spare an average of only 62 minutes. More than one quarter of mums and dads polled spend just 30 minutes or less on quality playtime with toys like puzzles, jigsaws or craft sets.

High-tech toys are viewed as an easy solution to playtime troubles, with well over  a quarter of mums and dads putting on a DVD, close to one in 5 giving kids games consoles and one in six give them a smart phone or tablet to play with.

But it isn’t what we know parents want – 3/4 of mums and dads think traditional playtime is better. The vast majority would like more time to play properly with their little ones, and believe this is what their children prefer too.

Parenting expert Dr Miriam Stoppard, spokesperson for Galt Toys which conducted the research, said: “Parents have a tough job under difficult circumstances. A parent is a child’s first teacher and playing with babies and toddlers is absolutely crucial to their early development. Every time a baby plays, it thinks. And every time it thinks it develops half a million brain connections.”

Sadly parents are losing confidence at playing, the majority (76%) often feeling self conscious and inadequate.  Nearly half of parents (49%) felt envious or inadequate in comparison to other parents. And 1/3 think parents in general have just forgotten how to play with their kids. Mums and dads are giving themselves a hard time over this!

Technology is impacting on play. 65% of mums and dads felt that demands from work, emails, social media and texts on a daily basis was resulting in less ‘child-time’.

In fact 93% of people have seen parents playing with smart phones instead of their children and the majority, 60%, think they should switch the phone off and concentrate on their child instead.

Dr Miriam Stoppard adds: “Mums and dads should trust their own instincts and avoid comparisons with other parents and children which is damaging to their confidence. Playing with your child should be fun, not a chore, and it is easy to do after a few tips.”

It is a shame to hear children are watching TV or playing with gadgets instead of playing with their parents which is so much more beneficial. As we’re all getting busier than ever, just finding time can be an issue. But there are some great traditional toys that can help, and the new Dr Miriam @ Galt range even comes with special play guides with tips which will boost playtime confidence! Find your inner child and lose yourself in that feeling, so we can all turn these statistics around!

Research conducted amongst 3,000 parents of children aged 0-10 during March 2013.

So how much time do you get to properly play with your child? Let’s free our inner children and interact with fun traditional games! It’s such a great way to help little ones develop vital key skills.  Help us see that the days of play are not over by sending your family tips, whether it is a ’make & do’ or a treasure hunt – we want to hear about them. Please send all ideas to our Facebook page or tweet us @GaltToys 

Posted in Childhood Development
 

Nature crafts!

16

May 2013

It is wonderful to get crafty with the kids from time to time and crafting is something that we love doing at our house. As the Summer approaches and the kids (hopefully) spend more time outdoors, I would love to share some of our favourite nature crafts with you. The idea is for you go out, explore, enjoy nature, collect and then come home and craft on one of the rainy days.

 

So 5 of our favourite nature crafts:

 

Leaf Crowns

Ostentatiously an Autumn Craft (great to make with lovely Autumn coloured leaves), you can of course make these all year round. Many trees do NOT lose their leaves throughout winter and our park usually has plenty lying around. It is a great craft, as you do it whilst you are out and about and literally all you need is LEAVES! Easy peasy.

 

Pressed Flowers

Flower pressing is definitely one of those “childhood classics” that every child should experience one day. It is all about exploration and experiment with how different flowers and leaves press. Then get creative. In this post we share 10 tips to make your flower pressing more successful!

 

 

 

Rock Monsters

Discover the magic of googly eyes and how they convert anything into something. Rock monsters are great for all age groups as even the littlest can manage to cover a rock in paint and add some fun googly eyes. Great for the imagination too. What other creatures can you paint? We did also did a ladybird and ducks! Be sure to click through and find out about what sort of paint to use.

Fairy House (or Elf House!)

 

We LOVE making fairy houses… such a cute way to explore nature. What things can you find in you area that makes a good house? Great for “building” skills and experimenting how to put things together.

 

 

 

10 Stick Crafts

Yep… we got together and found not one, not two but TEN stick crafts for you to get busy with. Sticks are everywhere and the kids love to pick them up at ANY time of year. Perfect craft material and cheap too!

 

Maggy Woodley, is a mum of two and Author of Red Ted Art, Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids. She likes nothing more than getting crafty with her son and daughter. Making sure that crafts are fun, easy and inexpensive. She also likes to cook with the kids and experiment a little with Science! She writes at Red Ted Art, Life at The Zoo and Theatre Books and Movies.

Posted in Make & Do Ideas
 

Imaginations lose out to ‘skills packing’

03

Apr 2013

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Children using imaginations less as more focus is put on learning new skills

 A precious aspect of childhood is at risk according to a survey of more than 1,000 parents. The research shows that a third of parents think children don’t know how to use their imaginations for make-believe games anymore. Nearly all parents (99%) believe that children need time for imaginative play but, according to 6 out of 10 parents, children aren’t given enough time and space for this type of playing.

 

April Fool’s Day highlighted the decline of imaginative play with fewer practical jokes played on parents than ever before. In fact 55% of parents said they had never had a joke played on them by their children. More than a third put this decline down to a lack of imagination to come up with the pranks and nearly 60% of parents thought that children just preferred watching TV or playing computer games.

John McDonnell Managing Director of Galt Toys which conducted the research said, “It’s very sad that there is concern about whether children are being given enough opportunity to use their imaginations as this is a crucial tool for learning and sensory development. Playing imaginary games helps children to try out new experiences and scenarios by using different parts of their brain and creates a safe environment for exploring different aspects of the real world. Above all it is lots of fun.”

Some parents focus more on ‘skill packing’ without realising that imaginative play is just as important for learning. The research also shows that 70% think parents feel under too much pressure to develop their children, which accounts for the drive to increase children’s skill set. Some parents (more than 1 in 10) even admitted they prefer their child to be always learning rather than ‘just playing’.

 

Posted in Childhood Development