Our Story

Teia Education is a Swiss family-run company selling toys and educational products including AMI certified Montessori materials, educational toys & games, open-ended wooden handmade Waldorf inspired toys, Montessori inspired toys, wooden puzzles, school supplies, role play & school furniture and Montessori reference & parenting books. We are the Flagship distributor for Heutink International established in Switzerland, and are located in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland.

We sell our products online in our web shop, wholesale to toy stores and offline to preschools, primary schools, Montessori schools, playgroups, childcare centres, toy libraries family centres and after-school programs throughout Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

We are also an official Swiss distributor for the Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company, which publishes and distributes books and unpublished writings by Maria Montessori in multiple languages.

We are proud to sell the Heutink International brands Nienhuis Montessori, Gonzagarredi Montessori, Educo, Jegro, Toys for Life and Arts & Crafts. In May 2019 we added the Spanish brand Grapat. Their open-ended wooden toys follow the Waldorf / Rudolf Steiner pedagogy.

In early 2020 we added more high-quality toy brands to our portfolio: SINA Spielzeug, Le Toy Van, Waytoplay, Adventerra Games, Flockmen, Glückskäfer, Crayon Rocks, Droomdeurtjes and Natural Earth Paint. We expect to add even more of the best toy and educational product brands throughout the year!

How we started

As a Dutch Montessori child myself (third generation and raising a 4th generation flock!), I believe strongly in the Montessori pedagogy. My husband and I decided early on that we wanted a Monstessori household, and wanted to provide our young children with the best Montessori materials, avoiding a world of overly colourful, gimmicky, noisy and mostly plastic toys.

Finding Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certified Montessori materials and open ended, preferably wooden educational toys of the quality I used in childhood was impossible in Switzerland at that time. We began buying  directly from the Netherlands. That was expensive! We paid high shipping and importation costs, and the fluctuating Euro vs. Swiss Franc exchange rate did not help. We realized that we were probably not the only parents in Switzerland struggling with this dilemma.

Creating Teia Education became my dream: a company with a web shop and collaboration with Heutink International to distribute their products and supply educational programs in Switzerland. It would fill a gap in the Swiss market for Montessori materials and other high-quality, durable educational toys for children.

All of our toys and educational products are geared towards the needs and wishes of children, educators, and parents. They are suited for any type of imaginative free play and support a unique and continuous learning model at school and at home.

Our products are certified by the relevant authorities, meet rigorous toy manufacturing safety regulations and are toxin-free; they are safe for small children. Our toys and educational products are sustainable and made with respect for the environment and the people making them. They will last generations and withstand years of continuous and robust use.

Developed by educational experts, our specialised learning materials support development and learning through play, whilst complying with internationally proven curricula and learning goals. 

Where we are now

We launched Teia Education in November 2018. We started with five Heutink International brands and now represent 17 European and American high-quality toy and educational product brands. 

In January 2019 Teia Education joined the Association Montessori (Suisse), actively supporting the protection of the Montessori name in Switzerland and its use by anyone claiming to meet the Montessori’s quality criteria. 

We were recognised by the département de l’instruction publique, de la formation et de la jeunesse (DIP) and by the service de l’enseignement privé in early 2019. 

Teia Education became an official supplier to the centrale commune d’achats (CCA) and to the state of Geneva in July 2019. We are an official accredited supplier to public and private Swiss schools and educational organisations. 

Thank you for visiting our website. We invite you to browse around and discover all that we have to offer!

The Zihna family

Teia Education is a Swiss family-run company selling sustainable and 100% toxin free educational materials and toys for children aged 0-12 years. Our assortment includes educational toys and games, original AMI certified Montessori materials, open-ended handmade wooden toys, Waldorf toys, creative art and craft materials, wooden puzzles, school supplies & furniture and Montessori reference and parenting books. We are the Swiss Flagship distributor for Heutink International as well as represent carefully selected high-quality, ethical, sustainable and certified brands from Europe and the United States. Our company is located in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland.

We sell our products online in our web shop, wholesale to toy stores and offline to preschools, primary schools, Montessori schools, playgroups, childcare centres, toy libraries, family centres and after-school programs throughout Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Our company is also an official Swiss distributor for the Dutch Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company, which publishes and distributes books and unpublished writings by Dr. Maria Montessori in multiple languages.

We are proud to sell the Heutink International brands Nienhuis Montessori, Gonzagarredi Montessori, Educo, Jegro, Toys for Life and Arts & Crafts and to represent the values of the Netherlands-based company to the best of our ability in Switzerland. 

In May 2019 we added the Spanish brand Grapat. Their open-ended wooden toys follow the Waldorf / Rudolf Steiner pedagogy. And, since the beginning of 2020, we have added more high-quality toy and creative supplies brands to our portfolio. Our web shop offers products from SINA Spielzeug, Le Toy Van, Waytoplay, Adventerra Games, Flockmen, Glückskäfer, Crayon Rocks, Droomdeurtjes, Natural Earth Paint, Sarah’s Silks, Nanchen, Stockmar and Debresk. We expect to add even more of the world’s best toy and educational products brands throughout the year! 

Montessori AMI Essentials Early Chilhood 3-6

How we started

As a Dutch Montessori child myself (third generation and raising a 4th generation flock!), I believe strongly in the success of the Montessori pedagogy. My husband and I decided early on that we wanted a Montessori household, and to provide our young children with the best Montessori materials and eco-friendly and durable toys, avoiding a world of overly colourful, gimmicky, noisy and mostly plastic toys.

Finding Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certified Montessori materials and open ended, preferably wooden educational toys of the quality I used in childhood was impossible in Switzerland at that time. We began buying directly from the Netherlands. That was expensive! We paid high shipping and importation costs, and the fluctuating Euro vs. Swiss Franc exchange rate did not help. We realized that we were probably not the only parents in Switzerland struggling with this dilemma. 

Creating Teia Education became my dream: a company with a web shop and collaboration with Heutink International to distribute their products and supply educational programs in Switzerland. It would fill a gap in the Swiss market for Montessori materials and other high-quality, durable educational and sustainable toys for children. 

– Sylvia Zihna 

All of our toys and educational products are geared towards the needs and wishes of children, educators, and parents. They are suited for any type of imaginative free play and support a unique and continuous learning model at school and at home. 

Our products are certified by the relevant authorities, meet rigorous toy manufacturing safety regulations and are toxin-free; they are safe for small children. Our toys and educational products are sustainable and made with respect for the environment and the people making them. They will last generations and withstand years of continuous and robust use.

Developed by educational experts, our specialised learning materials support development and learning through play, whilst complying with internationally proven curricula and learning goals. 

Where we are now

We launched Teia Education in November 2018. We started with five Heutink International brands and now represent over 20 European and American high-quality toy and educational product brands

In January 2019 Teia Education joined the Association Montessori (Suisse), actively supporting the protection of the Montessori name in Switzerland and its use by anyone claiming to meet the Montessori’s quality criteria. 

We were recognised by the département de l’instruction publique, de la formation et de la jeunesse (DIP) and by the service de l’enseignement privé in February 2019.  

Teia Education became an official supplier to the centrale commune d’achats (CCA) and to the state of Geneva in July 2019. We are an official accredited supplier to public and private Swiss schools, educational organisations and childcare structures. 

We feel immensely proud at reaching the milestone in June 2020 of becoming a member of the Spielwaren Verband Schweiz (SVS), which brings together all leading Swiss producers, importers and suppliers of toys. 

Thank you for visiting our website. We invite you to browse around and discover all that we have to offer!

The Zihna family