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Toy Libraries

Toy Libraries

 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

Helping children:

  • 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

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