To view a list of your local Toy Libraries, please click here:
Toy libraries offer services to local children, families and carers based on regular toy loan for a nominal fee (and sometimes for free). They provide carefully selected toys to borrow, play sessions, and a friendly, informative meeting place for parents and carers.
Toy libraries offer:
- loan of a wide range of toys
- play sessions for children and parents
- information and advice about play
- a friendly meeting place for parents and carers
- by giving access to a rich variety of high quality toys
- by finding toys to suit the abilities of children with special needs
- by enabling all children to develop vital skills
- by helping children learn to share
- by providing spaces to play, learn and have fun
Supporting parents and carers:
- in discovering the appropriate toys and play activities for their children
- in understanding the role of play in child development
- in developing their parenting skills
- in providing a meeting place for peer support and learning new skills
Toy libraries are often run by volunteers; many are parents themselves. Some are run by paid workers and others are part of a service offered by professionals: nursery and school teachers, social workers, health workers and others.
For more information you can visit the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries website.
Last updated: Mon 22nd July, 2013 @ 09:17