This has been the core service of the Early Childhood Project since 1988. We have offered a wide selection of carefully chosen resources that reflect family life and diversity and uphold an anti-bias approach to play, care and education.

We also support families with advice, information and signposting to other appropriate services.

We encourage positive parenting through our own good practice, excellent books and thoughfully sourced leaflets that aim to help parents, carers and those working with and supporting families and children.

We help parents and carers choose age and stage appropriate books and toys and help them to develop their children’s play. We have books, toys, games, dolls and puppets and resources for children from babies up to eight year olds.

We provide a dedicated website for users of the Toy Library service at


Our membership is mainly families and childminders, students studying for early years qualifications and early years settings and workers.

To borrow from the Toy Library a small annual membership fee is charged.

Type Fee
Registered childminders, unwaged families or individuals and students £2 per annum
Waged families or individuals £5 per annum
Community groups £10 per annum
Commercial groups £20 per annum

A selection of Toy Library resources may be borrowed at any one time and kept for up to two months. We don’t nag or fine for late returns!