The Quins Group is a Melbourne-based, Australian owned company that designs and manufactures Eco friendly products including educational toys, teaching equipment and children’s furniture with the brand names: Q Toys, Q Furniture, and Qhome for Australia and export markets.
MISSION, VISION AND VALUES:
Our mission is to design and manufacture products that are instrumental to physical and mental development of children from birth to seven years old.
Our vision is that a child’s skills of self learning are critical for the child’s future success in this information age.
Our key values are:
- Develop self-learning attitude in children
- Teach children reasoning and critical thinking skills
- Foster self-learning through fun and educational play
Q Toys comply with the highest safety standards for toys. Q Toys produced for the Australian market strictly comply with Australian and New Zealand toy safety standards. Additionally, some of Q Toys products also have ASTM cerficate which means that they have been tested by qualified testing organizations according to the American safety standards for toys. Please refer to ourcertificates page.
OUR PHILOSOPHY ABOUT EARLY LEARNING
The conceptual founding of Q Toys owes itself to Dr. Quan Nguyen and Cathy Dang, M.Ed. We want Q Toys to be a play-based method of early childhood education, alternative to formal schooling.
We embed our early learning philosophy in the logo Q: you will see in the logo a seagull embracing the globe and the sun shining on earth from behind her wings. A child with imagination is as free a spirit as is a seagull. Children’s imagination is powerful. Like the wings of a seagull, imagination can bring the child to seashores beyond your imagination! But as a parent, you should not worry. Children learn through imagination. Nurturing your child’s imagination helps your child to learn. Learning is like the sun rays shining on your child’s world and brightening their future. Q Toys aims to help you nurture your child’s imagination.
Growing over the years, our design team now includes artists, teachers, engineers and industrial designers. All share the passion to create toys for children to learn through play. Our expertises and experiences help us to blend the educational value of toys, fun and childhood imagination with high quality timber design.
Educational value is the strength of Q Toys products. Every design of Q Toys has a specific educational function in order to foster children’s physical and mental development.
Q Toys have very high quality finishes thanks to the excellent craftsmanship which accounts for eighty percent of the production. Each Q Toys is therefore a craft, which leaves long-lasting satisfaction for the children playing with our toys.
Handcrafted individually, each of the QToys product has its unique look and sometimes they are not exactly identical. This also contribute to the beauty and special feature of each toy.
We always put the safety of playing first in designing, developing and making Q Toys. over 80% of our toys now use food color dye to ensure the highest safety standards for our little users. All of our toys are either finished with plant based oils ( linseed oil) or beeswax.
90 % of Q Toys are made from natural plantation timber. Our job is to reveal and amplify the beauty of the nature and bring this beauty to life.
OUR FAIR TRADE PRACTICES
Q Toys are crafted by highly skilled craftsmen. Q Toys do not employ and exploit unskilled labor in production lines in poorly equipped factories as sometimes reported in the plastic toy industry. Q Toys ensure highly skilled workers who work with us get a fair deal. Q Toys also train disabled children in Mekong Delta in Vietnam who want to become craftsmen or craftswomen for life.
OUR commitment to fight CLIMATE CHANGES
At Q Toys, we believe that global warming will hurts our planet, and we also believe in a simple solution: plant more trees, and use more timber products.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide to form timber and release oxygen into the atmosphere during photosynthesis.
Timber is therefore a natural storage of carbon dioxide until it burns or decays.
If we plan more trees, and use more timber products, we keep carbon dioxide in the timber and out of the atmosphere to give our planet the time it needs to recover.
Q Toys are made from plantation timber of rubber and acacia trees. Plantation rubber trees are taped for natural latex, which still supplies one quarter of rubber used in our modern world. Old plantation rubber trees are cleared to grow the young ones. Acacia trees are planted by farmers in Vietnam to prevent soil erosion and to supply the paper industry.
We recycle plantation rubber and acacia wood into our products. Plantation timber gives Q Toys the natural beauty of wood patterns, while leaving unharmed natural forests.
We also love Bamboo, which has been long famous for its sustanability. QToys bamboo ranges are perfect for indoor and outdoor play.