Parents rejoice! EarlyEd’s new inclusive Toy Library is now open in Forestville and it’s a game-changer for families on the Northern Beaches.
The new Toy Library on the Beaches has hundreds of toys, games, books, and even therapy and gross motor equipment, so there’s something for children of all ages and abilities. Northern Beaches Library Service is proud to be offering this toy galore in partnership with not-for-profit EarlyEd Cubby House Toy Library service.
Both organisations recognise the importance of toys in supporting children’s learning and development, and hope to give all kids the best possible start in life. Plus, borrowing toys helps an affordable solution for families while reducing waste by diverting toys from landfill.
Although there are already three toy libraries in the North Shore (Manly, North Sydney and Mona Vale), Forestville’s one is special. It’s dedicated to children with special needs, including those with physical, developmental, learning, speech, emotional or social challenges. Inside, you’ll find an extensive range of toys, books, play equipment, and cassettes for babies from six weeks old to primary school age children, as well as reference books for parents and carers on topics such as speech, language, and learning difficulties.
Families can borrow up to six toys at a time for a month, and toys are categorised according to the skills they will develop, making selection of the right toy simple. Qualified early intervention teachers and therapists can also be available to help parents select suitable toys and find ways to support play.
Joining the Toy Library is simple with a 12-month membership fee of $100 for the general public and $80 for EarlyEd families. You can browse and borrow toys in-person on Mondays from 12pm – 2:30pm and Thursdays from 10am – 2pm, or browse the catalogue online and make an appointment for click ‘n’ collect on Thursday.
If you’re looking for a way to get involved and help out, the Toy Library welcomes volunteers to process loans, check, clean and re-shelve toys. The library is committed to supporting reuse, recycling, and repair approaches in the community, and also welcomes donations of quality, well-maintained, clean toys (no soft toys).
Forestville Toy Library
Where: At the rear of Forestville Senior Citizens’ Centre, Cnr Starkey Street & Warringah Road, Forestville
When: In-person browsing/borrowing and Click ‘N’ Collect by appointment on Mondays 12-2:30pm and Thursdays 10am-2pm
Price: Memberships from $80 per year