Hi, my name is Nicola and I am the owner of Charlie Horse Toys based here in country Victoria.
I am a mum of four gorgeous people, Darcy, Patrick, Charlotte and Ruby, and wife of an amazing man, Marcus. We live with a menagerie of two grumpy dogs, one guard cat, 50 fish in an aquaponics set up, two lazy lizards, and (for the short term) six monarch butterflies.
I grew up in South Gippsland and only moved to Melbourne to study a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) at the University of Melbourne. I taught kindergarten for 15 years, but always had a dream in the back of my mind that I wanted to open my own educational toy store.
The dream started to take shape while I was on maternity leave from teaching kindergarten. I made my own wooden, knitted and felted natural toys to sell online. This grew from working at my kitchen table, to our spare room, to an office space, to a small retail store to where we are now in a large retail store in the main street of Whittlesea. What an adventure it has been!
This retail store is slowly becoming the dream in my head. We are continuing to expand and offer a great range of new and unique educational toys and teaching resources to the local community and also to you, online.
Welcome to the store of all my favourite things.