Playing, laughing and learning with toys
Quality toys are expensive, and children often quickly become bored with the ones they do have, so a toy library helps parents and carers save money.
The Kellerberrin Community Resource Centre in the wheat belt region of Western Australia, listened to the needs of the community and identified a high demand for local toy library, following an annual survey of the town's residents.
Research shows that toy libraries support and encourage parents and carers to spend quality time playing with their children. Furthermore toy libraries support confidence building and help develop social, communication and physical skills and this early learning helps connect and refine pathways to the brain and contributes towards their development and education.
To ensure the Centre’s Play Laugh & Learn project came into fruition, they received a $1,020 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the SBA Foundation, managed by Perpetual.
After receiving the funding to build a separate room for the sole purpose of being the Toy Library, all that was left was to stock the shelves with an abundance.
The toy library has been a huge success, benefiting not only individual community members but also the local school, CANWA, playgroup and Little Learners.