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About Hinckley and District Toy Library

Our Service

The Toy Library allows parents and childminders up to three toys per child, which may be borrowed to take home for up to a month. There is an annual subscription of £2.00, plus a charge of between 25p to £1.00 for each toy borrowed.

Playgroups and Nurseries may take out an annual subscription by paying £10.00. This allows them to borrow up to 10 toys per month. Resource boxes are also available to hire, e.g. Health & Hygiene, disability toys, multicultural costumes and games. Some story sacks are also available.

We are always looking for extra volunteers to help us with sessions. It need not take up too much of your time and is ideal if you have children in tow. Please tell us if your are interested in helping out.

Our History

Hinckley and District Toy Library has been running since September 1978. We are a community Toy Library based at the Westfield Childrens Centre in the Westfield Community Centre, and welcome all families and carers for the under eights. Please see our contact us page for directions and opening hours.

As a Voluntary Organisation we depend on donations, fund raising and memberships to be able to purchase new toys and run our sessions. Therefore we are very lucky to have received substantial funding from the Hinckley & Bosworth Locality Partnership with Sure Start, which has enabled us to launch this website and invest in some fabulous new toys.

A mural of children playing with toys

How Do Toy Libraries Work?

Toy Library sessions are fun! Some toys are on display for the children to play with, and then they can choose something to take home. Parents can ask the volunteers for advice and chat with other parents as the children play.

How Can You Help Us?

We want you to feel at home in the Toy Library but please make sure your children are supervised and that the toys they get out are put away afterwards. All our volunteers are people with other commitments, and it can be very depressing to be confronted with a mass of unrelated jigsaw pieces etc. to be sorted out just as it is time to go home.

Why Toy Libraries?

Children learn through play. The right play material is not only enjoyable, but also encourages child development in the vital early years of life. Unfortunately, good toys are expensive and parents may not be able to buy all they would like, or hesitate to do so in case their child does not enjoy them.

A Toy Library gives the child a chance to experiment with a wide selection of carefully chosen toys.

Who Can Use The Toy Library?

Anyone who has, or who looks after a child who is under eight.