Play is incredibly important to a child’s development, and providing a wide range of play options does not need to break the bank.
Meadowbank Toy Library is part of the nationwide non-for-profit Toy Library Federation which supports more than 150 local libraries nationwide.
A child’s earliest experiences and learnings are through play, and it is also where they develop and practice life skills. Toys enable children to play, and a toy library is a place where parents and caregivers can borrow a range of toys on a regular basis. It is easy to see why families remain members of their local library for several years.
Meadowbank Community Toy Library’s mission is to enhance play opportunities for mokopuna and tamariki in the Meadowbank community.
“We are a non-profit community service run by a voluntary committee, through the help of grants like those we receive from Ōrākei Local Board,” explains Angela Davies, Treasurer of the Meadowbank Community Toy Library.
“We understand buying toys can be expensive, children are often easily bored, and families have limited budgets. Our membership provides a family with a wide a range of educational and play options, puzzles, games and toys, that can save money over the long term, as well as space in the home and waste to landfill.”
“Membership provides access to a variety of toys not just for parents but for when grandchildren come to visit and is the perfect gift for new parents and grandparents!”
Ōrākei Local Board supports the Meadowbank Toy Library through the Ōrākei Local Grant which are offered to the community biannually. The next grant round is open to applications 16 January to 17 February 2023.
More information can be found on the Auckland Council website by searching ‘local grant’, click here to see more.
Meadowbank Community Toy Library is located at St Chads Church, 38 St Johns Road. Tuesdays 7.15-8.15pm and Saturday 9.15-11.15am.
More information at: facebook.com/MeadowbankCommunityToyLibrary
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