The Peekaboo Smalltalk Awards

The Peekaboo Awards supported by Smalltalk Magazine.

The Peekaboo Smalltalk Awards are here to offer a simple but honest award scheme for the parenting industry.

Easy to enter, all products will be judged by an independent panel of experts. No laborious, weighted public voting, no need to send multiple products to multiple testers. One product sample no matter how any categories – simple! You can see the categories and key dates on the left.

We have teamed up with Smalltalk Magazine, Yorkshire’s premier family title aimed at parents of 0 – 11 year olds.

We will be shouting about the awards in the Summer issue and will publish wide coverage of the winners in the Autumn edition.

Smalltalk Magazine

The judges

The judging panel will gather to view and mark each product. Together we will sit down, analyse the marking, discuss, agree, disagree (because we’re all strong-willed, confident people very capable of having an opinion) and finally agree on the best products in each category. Who are we:

Michelle Horne
Michelle Horne
Managing Director of Peekaboo Communications

Mum to three boys under three (they’ve all made it to school age and she is now in the calm before the teenage storm.)

FACTOID: Passionate about teaching children to be independent, Michelle recently appeared on the This Morning sofa discussing the issue of free range parenting.

Corrine Howson
Corinne Howson
Managing Editor of SmallTalk Magazine

In an age where magazine titles may not make it past issue 2 and even well-established, national publications are not sustainable, Smalltalk has bucked the trend for over a decade and gone from strength to strength.

FACTOID: Corrine’s picture shows her applying makeup for a BBC radio interview

Karen Pysden
Karen Pysden
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Not only does Karen hold a super responsible job, she is also a busy mum to four kids – two of which are not yet at school! A bit of a supermum, Karen will happily whip up a stretch of birthday bunting, while the cake bakes in the oven after she’s finished her swim training for the triathlon she’s entering later that month!

FACTOID: All of Karen’s kids wore real nappies.

Laura Driver
Laura Driver
Original mummy blogger

Writer of popular blog Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy, social media expert for Your Baby Club, and mum and stepmum to three kids of varying sizes (phew!). She’s not a fan of faff.

FACTOID: She once travelled with her children from Mayfair to Euston Station on the world’s fastest sofa to catch a train.

Shelley Cassere
Shelley Cassere
Senior Midwife

Senior midwife at St James’ and Leeds General Infirmary Trust (home of One Born every Minute), mum to two boys, loves running and keeping fit.

FACTOID: Shelley wil be cycling from Leeds to Liverpool this year to raise funds for her birthing unit.

Jill Bendelow
Jill Bendelow
Children’s photographer

Her work has appeared in magazines including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Mother & Baby, Prima Baby and even the Waitrose magazine. Mum to one of each, Jill has a keen eye for design and form.

FACTOID: Jill used to be an air hostess.

Jo Milsom
Jo Milsom

Primary school teacher turned full time 0 – 3 year old foster carer and mum to one of each. Jo knows the importance of marrying practicality, with creativity and fun to provide a stimulating learning environment.

FACTOID: Jo is an experienced camper!

Steve Hargreaves
Steve Hargreaves
Swim Instructor

Dad of three Steve is a swim instructor, running an independent swim school in Leeds and Bradford called Future Stars. The only male on the panel, he’ll give us the much needed dad angle.

FACTOID: Steve loves competing in triathlons.

Entry form

You can view the awards categories, deadlines and other important information on the left, then please complete the entry form below. If you have any questions regarding the awards please email or call 01274 583043.

Name of company

Name of product

Category (hold down shift or command to enter multiple categories)

Retail price (from/to)

Describe your product (50 words)

What are the benefits of your product/what makes it different/the best (100 words)

Product features (colourways/sizes/weight)

Where is your product sold/availability

Company ethos

Anything else you want to tell us? (100 words)

Age range

Contact name

Contact number

Contact email

Contact address

Product to be returned? (£10 charge)
 Yes No

Product to feature in online SmallTalk competition in undamaged? (£40 charge)
 Yes No

Website link to appear on SmallTalk? (£10 charge)
 Yes No